Queen’s Park School, Brighton

About the school

Nuts for the Trees member since: Autumn 2020

Branch Manager: Poppy Manley

What does Nuts for the Trees mean to us?

The symbolism of acorns, conkers and chestnuts, put into pots by the tiny hands of primary school children, now taking root as young but growing saplings in the grounds of a secondary school, is a powerful reflection of our children growing and maturing.

Queen’s Park Primary School children started planting trees in Autumn 2020, with a small pilot project involving some of the year 3 children. We planted acorns in toilet roll pots and the tray sat in a quiet corner of our grounds, almost forgotten, until they started sprouting the following May. But, as the phrase goes, ‘from tiny acorns mighty oaks will grow’, so our project, from humble beginnings, has grown into a whole school project, and a future forest has its roots in the ground at a local secondary school.

The project, which is ongoing, has provided staff and children alike with a sense of pride and purpose. It has given the children useful learning opportunities and has created a real and tangible response to climate change, convincing the children that meaningful action is possible. 

Blogs from Queen’s Park School

A school project finally takes root

The first batch of trees from Queen’s Park Primary School’s tree-planting project have finally made it into the ground! Our school has no grounds beyond the tarmac playground, so the biggest challenge of the project was finding a suitable spot to plant out the potted trees which we had planted and nurtured. Luckily, we were…

Trees of Knowledge

Setting up and implementing a whole school tree planting project has been a challenging, but fun and fulfilling venture. The first step to take if you are thinking of trying the same, is to get permission and clearance from the right people; the head teacher, the caretaker/grounds manager and the bursar. I wrote a proposal…

Our secret garden

Having had some small success with growing trees in my back garden, I decided to expand the tree-planting adventure into my work. I have the pleasure of working as a Teacher’s Assistant in my local primary school. What a perfect opportunity to get the next generation involved in saving the planet and planting trees! I…

The Joy of Trees

I love the idea of small-scale tree planting. Individuals, families, community groups pushing a seed into the earth and watching their trees grow. A couple of years ago I was suddenly consumed with the idea of planting trees. As a response to the climate crisis, it seemed to me the most important thing to do.…