Show bugs some love
Recent studies from around the world have shown that over 40% of insect species are at risk of extinction, and a third are endangered. While they may not be cuddly pandas and are not always welcome visitors to our homes, insects are absolutely vital for the ecosystems that sustain life on earth, whether this may be as pollinators, seed dispersers, or food for other species such as birds. As part of our Edible Playgrounds programme, we plant bug-friendly vegetable gardens and encourage young children to appreciate and care for these little creatures. Dead trees also offer great habitat for bugs and beetles and are an important part of a healthy woodland buzzing with life.
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Planting our one millionth tree: a Trees for Cities milestone
On 20th March 2019, we planted our one millionth tree on the grounds of St Thomas' Hospital, just opposite Houses of Parliament on the southern end of Westminster Bridge. This momentous milestone was marked in in style, with Sir Michael Palin attending and pupils from Dormers Wells Infant School reading out poems in celebration of trees.
Please click below to find out more about what's next for #GenerationTree:
The Lost Words: reconnecting children with enchantment of the natural world
The Lost Words, the award-winning book by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris, is an impassioned response to the removal of everyday nature words - among them "acorn", "bluebell", "kingfisher" and "wren" - from a widely used children’s dictionary, because those words were not being used enough by children to merit inclusion. What began as a book has since got children, teachers and parents excited about exploring the natural world again, with classes and entire schools venturing out into woods, parks and gardens to discover more about their surroundings.
Please click below to read about our campaign launch at Beam County Primary School, Barking & Dagenham.