Schools Mini- Orchard Project

Children at Grove Junior School Nailsea, brave the weather to plant their trees

The Forest of Avon Trust is working in partnership with Airbus to plant ten mini-orchards in ten local schools.  Six mini-orchards were offered to local schools through a competition run by the Bristol Evening Post and four have been offered to local schools via an internal competition with Airbus’ Filton based employees.

Planting has been hampered by the prolonged freeze, but three mini orchards were planted  planted during National Tree Week (25 November to 5 December) which is the UK’s largest annual tree celebration, launching the start of the winter tree planting season and the Government’s Big Tree Plant. The remaining orchards will be planted in the New Year.

Each mini-orchard will feature ten English apple trees and the winning schools will each receive support from the Forest of Avon Trust with planting, as well as a species, planting and maintenance fact sheet plus ongoing advice when needed.

The six schools which won the competition in the Evening Post are:

  1. Little Mead Primary School, Southmead;
  2. Horfield Primary School;
  3. Grove Junior School, Nailsea;
  4. St Keyna Primary School, Keynsham;
  5. Shield Road Primary School, Filton; and
  6. Bridge Learning Campus, Hartcliffe.

The trees are being offered by Airbus through its support of the CBD’s The Green Wave initiative (see below), which aims to raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity with young people, and is particularly relevant in 2010, the International Year of Biodiversity.

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