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Bristol City to plant 36,000 trees

12th March 2014, Bristol, UK

The Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson has launched TreePips, a tree-based education programme that aims to get primary schools in the city planting over 36,000 trees over the next three years. TreePips is the first project to be launched as part of Bristol’s year as European Green Capital 2015.

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Mayor George Ferguson has pledged that: “Every child will sense the ownership of a tree and learn about their importance to our air quality, to the wider environment and to the production of food. The TreePips programme literally sows the seeds for creative long-term learning about the environment and builds a healthy legacy for our planet.”

The TreePips programme aims to encourage every primary school-aged child in Bristol to plant a tree by 2017. North, south and east Bristol will be represented by three TreePips officers who will coordinate a unique TreePips plan for each school. Every school will be given a TreePips school education pack and be offered interactive educational indoor and outdoor activities, which will enhance the national curriculum.

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The TreePips programme is one of many projects that will be launched as part of Bristol’s year as European Green Capital 2015.The project demonstrates the importance of a practical approach in helping young people to learn about the environment. Bristol has implemented a long term strategy to enhance the environment in the city and has been working to reduce its contribution to climate change since 2000. To that end it has developed and delivered a series of strategies and action plans, such as the Bristol Climate Protection and Sustainable Energy Strategy and the Local Transport Plan to 2026.

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