Tree project launches in Bristol

All of Bristol’s 36,000 primary pupils are being encouraged to plant at least one tree as part of an international initiative launched by actor and pop star Olivia Newton-John.

The city is the first to take part in the One Tree Per Child initiative, launched last Monday.

Bristol’s council will cover the cost of the trees and tools – and if a school does not have any spare land then the authority will find them a plot. Experts will also go into schools and talk about trees.

One Tree Per Child was started by Olivia Newton-John and Jon Dee, the founders of Australia’s National Tree Day.

Olivia Newton-John said: “I believe that society benefits when young children get out, get their hands in the earth, and plant trees. Planting trees and shrubs is a great way for kids in Bristol to connect to the environment and their community.”

Pic: Bristol mayor George Ferguson, CBBC presenter Naomi Wilkinson and One Tree Per Child co-founders Jon and Julian Dee with pupils from Bristol schools