Lockdown doesn’t stop Meon Junior School from completing tree plant

THE CORONAVIRUS lockdown hasn’t stopped one of the city’s eco-friendly schools from reducing its carbon footprint and improving the local environment

Friday, 24th April 2020, 5:01 pm
Updated Friday, 24th April 2020, 6:52 pm

Meon Junior School’s Eco Council have been on a mission to improve the school environment and promote green habits locally and amongst the school community.

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The school had taken advantage of The Woodland Trust’s tree planting initiative and had received 333 saplings. Plans were in place for every child to plant one of the trees in and around the school grounds.

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Staff at Meon Junior School have been ensuring lockdown didn't stop them from planting 333 saplings around the school grounds.

Planting commenced at the beginning of March but with the escalation of the Coronavirus pandemic and the closure of schools the Eco Council initiative had to be suspended.

However, determined not to be beaten, Eco Council member and school admin officer, Sarah Brown, led other members of the school’s skeleton staff in ensuring the trees were planted. A small number of staff had remained in school to teach key worker children.

Sarah said: ‘We now have a school surrounded by saplings that are already growing well and making our school a greener, healthier place.

‘Our eco warriors have done so well with their ideas that the school won a Recycling Superstars Award form Portsmouth City Council at the beginning of March this year but the trees are an amazing investment in our local environment which will benefit us all for generations to come’.

The Eco Council has previously set up recycling initiatives and reduced single-use plastics at the school as well as taking part in local beach cleans.