Planting day at West London Academy with Carbon Footprint
Over the past two years, Tree Appeal has planted over two thousand trees at West London Academy in Northolt. Many of these saplings were sponsored by Carbon Footprint and on a sunny day in June, Managing Director John Buckley, took the time to visit the school and check on the progress of the saplings. The school were pleased to report that the trees are doing fantastically well and have made a remarkable improvement to what would otherwise have been wasteland.
Also in attendance were two representatives from Dial-A-Cab, one of Carbon Footprint’s most valued clients. Dial-A-Cab are the largest supplier of licensed cabs in Central London and are passionate about providing a green, environmentally friendly service.
During the visit, John and the Dial-A-Cab representatives helped the Tree Appeal team and Professor David Bellamy, as well as staff and students from West London Academy to plant five feature trees, forming a picturesque border along the edge of the school’s existing plantation.
John said, “A fun day was had by all – it was great to see the school taking its responsibilities so seriously and the kids being excited and involved in the tree planting experience. The trees planted the previous year were all looking healthy and now showing good signs of growth too.”
Carbon Footprint’s clients were also thrilled to be involved, with Natalie Ezekiel, saying, "Dial-a-Cab were delighted to contribute to the very worthwhile cause and look forward to supporting any future projects."
The planting site at West London Academy consists of over five acres of land, which has already undergone an extensive programme of tree planting and includes a large pond and a weather station. There are also two covered outdoor classrooms, with seating for sixty students.
The location sits adjacent to the busy A40, but whilst walking around, it would be hard to feel further away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Environmental education is an essential part of the West London Academy’s curriculum. Many of their students live in the city centre and have limited access to gardens or other wildlife habitats. The school are committed to developing this safe haven for their pupils to explore the natural world and experience a hands-on approach to learning about the environment.
With the help of sponsoring companies like Carbon Footprint and their customers, the school are enabled to enhance their outdoor space and create something really special for the students.