MEEN’s new project ‘Treemarkable’ is celebrating our tree heritage: MEEN has been planting trees in schools for many years and now we are able to revisit some of the school sites, thanks to the National Heritage Lottery. We want to find out how the trees are doing, which have died and which have survived and to work with young people to improve tree health and plant even more.
The aim of the project is to train young people with a variety of tree related skills such as tree identification and tree care skills, such as pruning and mulching. The team of pupils will get to map out the trees in their school and then give the trees a health check. If the trees need some care the team will prune them, feed them up and plant up any of the gaps with new trees. Ultimately the aspiration is to inspire young people to become ‘tree rangers’, for the school to have a tree plan and also a better understanding of what trees need to grow and stay healthy.
The project will also involve young people’s creative responses to trees. One school is likely to work with a sound artist or maybe present a Council of All Trees. There will undoubtedly be a lot of exciting ideas and MEEN’s task is to ensure there are lots of opportunities for sharing and practicing their learning.
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