Reigate Headmaster and students plant 250 trees to offset their carbon footprint

Reigate Grammar School | 4 Feb 2019 | Top News Story | ISC Icon HMC Icon
Every student in the First Form at Reigate Grammar School has planted one of 250 trees donated to the school by Carbon Footprint Ltd. This formed part of their Geography lessons giving them valuable experience of carbon offsetting and conservation.
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Carbon Footprint Ltd runs a UK Tree planting Project where commercial partners sponsor trees to be planted in schools around the UK to support diversity, enhance the UK’s natural landscape and to offset the sponsor’s carbon emissions.

The Geography department at RGS applied to become part of the programme as a way to give students an insight into conservation and carbon offsetting. They were delighted to receive 250 saplings of native British trees, including varieties of English Oak and Crab Apple. Every member of the First Form planted a tree and other students across the school years got involved too. Some of the saplings were planted by the Eco Committee and others as part of the school’s Wellbeing initiative. Even the Headmaster took part, planting his own tree as part of a large border on the school’s Broadfield Lawn. As they grow, the trees will form an attractive hedge as well as providing valuable habitats and food for wildlife.

Head of Geography, Malcolm Cline says, ‘With climate change becoming more prominent, the project is a great way for students to engage in practical conservation. A small step in protecting our planet, but one which we hope will inspire the students and foster environmental responsibility.’

Headmaster, Shaun Fenton, says ‘It is vital that students connect with their environment and are aware of the responsibility of conservation. The tree planting initiative is an excellent way to engage the whole school community in such an important issue’.

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Photo: Staff and students gathered on Broadfield Lawn to plan the planting
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Photo: First Form Students each planted a tree
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Photo: The first formers dicussing the best way to plant their saplings

About Reigate Grammar School

Reigate Grammar School is a co-educational day school with 870 pupils. Founded in 1675, it is academically selective, with a large Sixth Form. The school also enjoys a reputation for strong pastoral care and a very wide range of extra-curricular activities.


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