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Planting a Tree in Every School in Snowdonia - in a Day!

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11 March 2015

In the International Year of Soils, and during the year that Snowdonia National Park celebrates its 64th birthday, today (Wednesday, March 11th, 2015), between 9 and 3 o'clock, one tree was planted in each of the 64 schools in the National Park and the surrounding area.

With the help of the British Society of Soil Science, Gwynedd Council, and some of Snowdonia’s school pupils, staff from Snowdonia National Park Authority have planted one tree in every school in the National Park and its surrounding area. School pupils planted the trees, under the guidance of National Park Wardens and Conservation Officers.  Either a rowan, cherry or a holm oak were planted in the school’s garden, the school field, or in a pot. After a tree was planted, a picture of the tree and its planters was tweeted on the Authority’s Twitter accounts using the hash tag #treefest and also appeared on the Authority’s Facebook pages.

One of the event’s organizers was Angharad Harris, the Park Authority’s Education Officer. She said,

"As it is the International Year of Soils, this day is a great opportunity to remind children and young people of Snowdonia the importance of soil as a resource, and that we cannot do without it. Planting native deciduous trees is an opportunity for us to demonstrate to pupils how they can protect the landscape and wildlife of Snowdonia. It reminds them of the importance of recycling in nature, it motivates them to protect their local habitats and encourages them to respect those who are dependent on soil to live – from the creatures that live under our feet to the birds that feed from the trees above."

The day was part of a wider campaign by the British Society of Soil Science to plant trees in Britain’s schools during the year. The Association provided the rowan trees for the schools whilst the Authority provided the rest.

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Notes to Editors

  1. The leaves from a rowan are important to caterpillars, and its berries provide food for birds such as thrushes and blackbirds. The flowers of a cherry tree attract insects and bees and his bitter cherries are eaten by birds and mammals. The holm oak is resistant to salt content in the air and has therefore been planted in schools situated on the coast of Snowdonia, with its evergreen canopy providing shelter for birds in the winter.
  2. International Year of Soils - it raises awareness on the importance of sustainable soil management as the basis for food systems, fuel and fibre production, essential ecosystem functions and better adaptation to climate change for present and future generations