Gwynedd children sow seeds of a green future

Reporter:

Jim Green

SCHOOLCHILDREN from Gwynedd took part in a tree planting project designed to improve the environment around their schools.

Teachers and pupils from Ysgol Bontnewydd near Caernarfon, Ysgol Abercaseg in Bethesda, and Ysgol Coed Menai, Bangor, learned about the benefits of protecting trees before planting new trees in school grounds.

The project was the result of a partnership between Forestry Commission Wales's Woodlands for Learning scheme and Gwynedd Council's Tidy Towns team.

Woodlands for Learning education officer for Gwynedd, Sarah Collick said: "The schools wanted to increase the amount of trees in their school grounds - for learning and for wildlife.

"We talked to the children about what kind of wildlife lives in the woods and might use these trees when they've grown, such as squirrels, birds and insects - and also about the various uses for trees, such as to provide heating, to make paper and to tackle climate change.

"Through planting trees and watching them grow, the children get a real sense of achievement and feel they can do something practical to improve the environment."

The project also involved schools in Aberdaron and Pwllheli and each school planted between 15 and 80 trees.

Gwynedd Tidy Towns co-ordinator, Iona Thomas said: "Planting trees is a great way for children to improve their environment.

"We were delighted to work with Forestry Commission Wales on this project, which enabled children to learn about the benefits of planting trees while giving them a sense of pride in where they live."

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