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Tree scheme planting greener outlook for pupils

Cheltenham Borough Council is working with schools to raise awareness and take positive action on the climate emergency by planting trees.

The council, which declared a climate emergency earlier this year, has a target of becoming a carbon neutral town by 2030.

As part of an effort to plant more trees, the council is urging schools to help children get involved via The Woodland Trust's Trees for Schools scheme.

Naunton Park Primary School in Leckhampton has started planting 150 trees while Warden Hill School's eco committee pupils and teachers planted around 200 trees, Holy Apostles School is planting in the coming weeks and Rowanfield Junior School is adding 400 trees as part of its forest school sessions.

Councillor Max Wilkinson, cabinet member for climate and communities, said: "I'm inspired by all the children and teachers at schools across our town who are taking part in tree-planting to help draw attention to the climate emergency.

''Our Carbon Neutral Cheltenham report highlights tree planting as one of the ways we can offset carbon emissions, everybody should have a chance to play their part, not least the children who are the future custodians of our town and our planet.

"It would be lovely to see trees being planted at every school in our borough, no matter what space is available. We'd like to support every school to sign up to the Woodland Trust's scheme and our expert officers can give advice on tree-planting if support is needed."

Senior trees officer Christopher Chavasse said trees helped to give Cheltenham much of its character.

He said: "It is hoped that the results of the tree planting in schools program will inspire children to learn more about their local surroundings and to continue to love nature in Cheltenham just as much as it is loved by older residents today."

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