Aerial shot of Redbridge with trees in the background

Redbridge children helping to create greener community

Redbridge Council is bringing the next generation on board, as they continue with plans to make the borough greener.

More than 1300 school children joined in with the School’s Tree Planting project, with nearly one hundred trees planting across nine schools. This opportunity gives[JD1]  children the chance to gain hands-on experience with the planting and caring for of trees, as well as learning about the importance of trees in the tackling of climate change.

The schools involved this year were:

  • Mayespark Primary School
  • Woodbridge High School
  • Churchfields Junior School
  • William Torbitt Primary School
  • Cranbrook Primary School
  • Ilford County High School
  • South Park Primary School
  • St Augustine Catholic Primary
  • Coppice Primary School

Learning about how trees assist with plans to tackle climate change, the children found out how everything from cleaning up the air that we breathe, providing shade and creating habitats for wildlife can be benefitted by trees.

Councillor Jo Blackman, Cabinet Member for Environment and Civic Pride, said:

“It’s great to see our local children so passionate about creating a greener borough. Our School’s Tree Planting initiative is a great example of how we can work with our children and young people to tackle climate change and empower them to play an active part in shaping a greener future.”

James Easter, Deputy Head Teacher at Churchfields Junior School, said:[JD2] 

“Everywhere looks better with more trees – so we immediately accepted the offer of Redbridge Council’s Schools Tree Planting project. The Council’s officers visited and helped to identify a space for ten trees of around three metres each, beside the playground; it was just a plain grassy bank before. The day provided an opportunity for every child to help with planting and to learn about the numerous benefits of planting more trees.”

There is 128 hectares of woodland being maintained by the council in Redbridge, with more than 40,000 further trees on council sites across the borough as well. The project undertaken by the school children is a further part of the work that the council is doing with communities to help tackle the climate emergency and make the borough more biodiverse.


 [JD2]We should perhaps say which school?

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