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Free Trees for RHS Schools - to Celebrate Royal Jubilee
by Georgie Webb
January 22, 2012

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has joined forces with online nursery to offer 2,000 schools five free trees each, in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Between 10th January and 29th February 2012, schools registered to the RHS Campaign for School Gardening can order a set of bare-root 40–60cm tree saplings for just £5.95 postage and packaging. The five trees are wild cherry, crab apple, silver birch, common hornbeam and field maple*. Each tree is native to the UK and has been chosen for its beauty and heritage.

The RHS Campaign for School Gardening launched in 2007 now has more than 14,500 schools and other organisations registered to it. The campaign encourages schools to develop gardens for use by their pupils as outdoor classrooms. The RHS believes that gardening not only teaches children about the environment and where food comes from but also the life skills of responsibility, resilience and readiness to learn.

Jacky Chave, RHS Strategic Schools Manager, said, “Gardening in schools is a fantastic way of engaging children in learning; not just in science but in every subject, from history to current affairs. We wanted to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee 2012 in a way that was fitting and would leave a legacy for all. These 10,000 trees kindly supplied by will do just that; providing enjoyment for generations to come, while also supporting local wildlife and ecosystems.”

Schools wishing to sign up to the RHS Campaign for School Gardening need to visit – registration is free and once registered they can also access more information regarding the RHS Schools Jubilee Pack of Five Free Trees. For more information on see

*RHS Schools Jubilee Pack of Five Free Trees

Trees supplied by are:

• Acer campestre (field maple)

• Betula pendula (silver birch)

• Carpinus betula (common hornbeam)

•Malus sylvestris (crab apple)

• Prunus avium (wild cherry or bird cherry)

About the Campaign for School Gardening

The RHS has actively involved more than 14,500 schools across the UK in growing and gardening through its Campaign for School Gardening. Children are taught about plants and gardening and their environment.

Through gardening they learn about healthy fruit and vegetables, wildlife, and important life skills such as teamwork, social skills and co-operation. Huge benefits are to be had from using an outdoor classroom where children can learn in a fun, engaging way. Information, lesson plans and advice for schools is provided online and is backed up by support from the RHS education team and Campaign for School Gardening Regional Advisors.

About the RHS

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s foremost gardening charity, helping and inspiring millions of people to garden. We do this at our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes. We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters.

RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit RHS Registered Charity No. 222879/SC038262

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