September 11, 2008

Grant Gets Children into Nature

More than 8,000 trees and hedging plants have been planted by Cornish schools and youth groups over the past year.

The Cornwall branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) gave a grant of pounds10,000 to the project.

The money enabled the Woodland Trust to supply more than 275 hedge and copse packs to young people.

Michelle Byrne, regional development officer for the Woodland Trust, said: "We really appreciate the significant donation CPRE has made towards our hedge and copse packs for young people in Cornwall.

"These packs provide children with the opportunity to get in touch with nature by planting trees to add interest to school grounds or enhancing their local environment for people and wildlife."

Each copse pack contains 30 native trees, including rowan, silver birch and wild cherry, which have been selected to provide year- round interest and to be of benefit to local wildlife.

Courtenay Smale, from the CPRE Cornwall branch, said: "The involvement of children with these packs is a wonderful vehicle for this group, who will become custodians of our environment in generations to come."

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