Suffolk school commits to major tree planting initiative

Royal Hospital School will plant a tree for every new pupil over the next seven years

A Suffolk school is looking to boost sustainability and promote wellbeing by planting a tree for every new pupil joining the school over the next seven years.

Royal Hospital School launched its Grow with Us campaign at an open day on 9 November.

“We are fortunate to live and work in a beautiful part of Suffolk and our pupils are constantly seeking and suggesting ways that will protect both the local ecosystems and global environment,” said headmaster Simon Lockyer.

“They are environmentally conscious and recognise that through their collective individual actions they can make a difference.”


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The move follows claims from scientists that, if a trillion trees were planted in the coming years, the amount of carbon in the atmosphere would be reduced by 25%.

RHS hopes its example will encourage other schools to do something similar; if every school on the planet planted 200 trees a year over the next seven years, it would add more than four billion trees to the total.

Other recent initiatives at the school include: stopping the purchase of single-use plastic bottles in favour of giving each pupil a refillable, stainless steel water bottle; no longer using non-biodegradable items at events; and giving open day attendees a packet of butterfly and bee-friendly seeds.