Growing the community: Sapling tree donation urges pupils to take a greener approach to Christmas
Barratt and David Wilson Homes is encouraging school children in Aylesbury to celebrate Christmas in a more sustainable way this year, as the local housebuilder has donated 120 Christmas tree saplings to Broughton Community Infant School.
According to the Carbon Trust, a 2m tall real tree that ends up in a woodchipper or bonfire has a carbon footprint of 3.5kg of CO2. This increases to 16kg for the trees that end up as landfill. But neither of those figures compare to the 40kg of CO2 that is used to dispose of an artificial tree. The donation of sapling trees encourages the school and its pupils to make more sustainable options at Christmas and have a go at growing their own.
The school are really pleased to receive the sapling trees, and the pupils are excited to plant them. The school have already started a plant patch for the children to watch grow, which some of the sapling trees will join.
Mrs Hewitt, a teacher at Broughton Community Infant School, said: “As a school we always like to engage in activity which encourages pupils to think more sustainably and this is an especially important message at Christmas.
“We welcomed this donation from Barratt and David Wilson Homes as we approach the festive season when there is typically so much waste. We look forward to planting the trees and we are excited to see how they grow!”
Simon Francis, Managing Director at Barratt and David Wilson Homes North Thames, said: “This year we have pledged to reduce our carbon emissions by 29% by 2025 and to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions in our operations by 2040. To support this message, we felt it important that our school activity reflected our ambitions to meet these targets and in total we have donated thousands of sapling trees across the nation.
We hope the pupils at Broughton Community Infant School enjoy growing their saplings and I hope these young trees can be enjoyed for years to come.”
Kingsbrook is comprised of multiple neighbourhoods set between three vast open parks and nestled deep into the Buckinghamshire countryside. Residents can benefit from open space for sports and playing, as well as countryside walks to observe the rich biodiversity of the neighbouring wetlands and wetland centre.