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Carisbrooke College students have committed to improving their carbon footprint over the next 5 years by planting at least 600 trees.

Students recently planted 120 silver birch trees; the first phase in their 5-year on-site project.

Last year, the school’s Student Council agreed that they wanted to do something to help fight climate change and reduce the school’s carbon footprint. They came up with a plan to plant 120 trees at the start of the school year, each and every year until 2025.

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The new Year 7 students each year will learn about the importance of planting more trees in the world and the total number of trees planted will eventually represent the 600 children in the school’s population.

As trees grow, they absorb and store the carbon dioxide emissions that are driving global warming. The 600 trees at the school will absorb approximately 60 tonnes of CO2.

The 120 silver birch trees have been planted at the front of the school to form ‘Carisbrooke Copse’. Not only are the trees generally good for the environment, they enhance the area’s natural aesthetics, benefiting everyone in the local community.

Photographs of the Student Council with Head of School, Karen Begley and Librarian/Student Council Link member of staff, Ms Ryan

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Little Pots

Great to see more trees planted, if seemingly a little close to one another.
Yet to cut down on the UK’s carbon footprint, it would be far more beneficial to limit all but the most essential from coming into the UK now. As every person from the third world, once here, will then eventually have a centrally heated home, a car, adding to our land fill, where in their own homelands they lived very carbon neutral more natural lifesyle.
Add the oft numerous offspring to that person being here and the carbon increase is worryingly high and ever increasing.


Kudos but those trees are WAY too close to each other. Do they think these are bonsai trees? Most will die that close as they fight for water and light.


Like much grant funding they likely had to apply for a certain amount of trees to meet the criteria to obtain funding.

So having to plant so many in limited space most will perish.

Yet this is the mental world we now live in where common sense counts for nothing but ticking boxes onto an application form does.

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