Staff and pupils from Kendall Primary School, in Colchester, were joined by the team from Bacs Payment Schemes Limited (Bacs) recently, to plant 130 native broadleaf trees.
Working with sustainability experts, Carbon Footprint Ltd, the planting is part of Bacs’ carbon neutrality programme – the organisation has been awarded this status since 2012 and has offset its carbon emissions via a number of UK and international projects over that time. And, by the end of this year, Bacs will have planted over 1000 trees in the UK.
All the trees planted at the school were one and two year old ‘whips’ which included species such as crack willow and hazel. These native species help tackle climate change, promote wildlife habitats and encourage biodiversity, while also providing numerous out of classroom learning opportunities to help pupils build broader skills, including environmental responsibility.
Michael Chambers, Bacs’ Chief Executive Officer, who was one of the volunteers on the day, said: “It was great for the team to visit the school and join pupils and staff to plant the trees, which we hope will not only have a positive impact on the local environment, but also provide new learning opportunities.
“Bacs is committed to mitigating our impact on the environment and our partnership with Carbon Footprint is an important part of this. Being able to see the tangible results of this work first-hand highlights the positive impact it is having.”
Clare French, Head Teacher at Kendall Primary School, said: “Our children have had so much fun planting the trees that were generously donated by Bacs. These trees will replace species that we have needed to fell in our woodland grounds and will become a significant addition to our Forest School sessions and learning outside the classroom lessons.
“The children will be able to watch these trees grow over the coming seasons and will use them to develop their bush craft skills and outdoor learning.”
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