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