Planting day at River House School, Henley-in-Arden
River House School in Henley-in-Arden was visited by representatives of food procurement company PSL to help the pupils and staff plant trees in the school grounds. The trees were all native British species such as Hawthorn, Blackthorn and Crab Apple, all grown in England from collected seed.
"We're here today at River House School helping to plant some trees, which are an environmental benefit and also a benefit for the kids as well… At PSL we are trying to address our responsibility to the wider environment and also do something beneficial for our local community".
- Tristan Kenworthy, PSL
River House School is Warwickshire's day special school for secondary aged students with serious and persisting social, emotional and mental health issues. The students come from all areas of Warwickshire along with a small number of students from neighbouring authorities. The aim at River House is to provide a welcoming, safe and stable learning environment where pupils can learn the skills of acceptable behaviour and make good academic progress. The trees that the pupils helped to plant added to the school's community garden and supplemented existing hedging.
"The whole idea of this project is for our students to meet people, talk to people, work with people as a member of a team…it's fun actually!"
- Coleman Doyle, Head of Citizenship at River House School.
PSL have teamed up with Carbon Footprint as part of their carbon management programme and with Tree Appeal, planting native broadleaf trees in schools. PSL sponsored the planting of 264 trees at the school, demonstrating a commitment to environmental education and their aim of reducing their impact on the natural world.