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690 trees planted for school’s Tiny Forest

Greatwell Homes have donated £13,000 of funding towards Wellingborough’s first Tiny Forest to help mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Working in partnership, Earthwatch Europe, Croyland Primary School, Greatwell Homes, North Northamptonshire Council and Wellingborough Eco Group worked together to bring the Tiny Forest to life which is expected to reach six meters tall in the next three to four years.

On Friday 19 April, every child at Croyland Primary School planted one of the 690 trees into the ground in assistance with Groundwatch. There were 20 varieties of trees and shrubs planted such as wild cherry, English oak, crab apple and alder buckthorn, to name a few.

Environmental issues such as flooding, heat stress and loss of biodiversity are increasingly affecting urban areas; and this is only expected to worsen in the face of climate change and increasing urbanisation.

Small and thin newly planted trees coming out of the ground

Tiny Forest can play a part in facing these challenges by offering multiple co-benefits: reconnecting people with nature, raising awareness – and helping to mitigate the impacts – of climate changes, as well as providing nature-rich habitat patches to support urban wildlife.

In addition to our £13,000 funding, the project also received a further £14,000 for North Northamptonshire Council.

Luke Carroll, assistant head at Croyland Primary School, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the children at Croyland Primary School which allows them a vital experience seeing first hand of looking after our environment for future generations.

“This project mirrors the schools values, as well as planting a legacy for their time at Croyland which has a tree as it’s school badge.”

Nine people from various organisation standing together with an Earthwatch banner behind them

The Tiny Forest will eventually surround new benches and outside classroom for the school, as well as attracting many species such as butterflies, bumblebees and beetles.

The planting method used by Earthwatch encourages accelerated forest development and no use of chemicals or fertilisers.

Louise Hartley, head of nature in cities at Earthwatch Europe, said: “Tiny Forest provides rich opportunities for connecting young and old alike with the environment and sustainability. It’s vital that we give people the knowledge and skills to protect our natural world and inspire them to take positive action. We are delighted to be working with Croyland Primary School, North Northamptonshire Council and Greatwell Homes to bring these inspiring spaces to Wellingborough.”