Wednesday 5th June was World Environment Day – the United Nations’ day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. It’s a day for people to do something to take care of the Earth, to actively make a difference and the Year 3 pupils from Cranfield Church of England Academy did this by joining with the Forest of Marston Vale team to litter pick in their local woodland, Rectory Wood in Cranfield.
Eighty pupils from the school, with their teachers, had lots of fun playing games and creating works of art with leaf rubbings, as well as helping to clear litter from the Charity’s woodland and learning about why trees are so important to our environment. This year’s theme for World Environment Day was air pollution, so the children learned about how effective trees are at reducing air pollution. Since they began in 1991 the Forest of Marston Vale Charity has planted over 1.5 million trees and a recent independent study reported that these trees absorb 4,917 tonnes of carbon dioxide ever year – that’s the equivalent of the annual emissions from around 2,000 family cars.
“I love sharing the story of the Forest of Marston Vale with people, especially children,” says Jo Roberts, Community Engagement Officer for the Charity. “This year alone we’ve planted 3,715 trees in school grounds throughout the Forest with 1,246 children and their families. The environment is thankfully a global concern today and we’re proud to be making a difference locally; these children are helping us care for woodlands that will be delivering benefits for hundreds of years.”
The Forest of Marston Vale is one of 12 Community Forests in England and covers 61 square miles between Bedford and Milton Keynes. Visit marstonvale.org to find out more about the Charity creating the Forest and their vision of planting another 5 million trees in the area.