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Green travel grows roots in school

Published Friday, 28 March 2014

Five schools celebrated winning Enfield Council’s ‘BEAR campaign competition’ by planting a host of trees at Eversley Primary School in Winchmore Hill this week, to help make the school grounds greener, and highlight travel awareness.

Cllr Taylor at Eversley

The ‘BEAR’ competition, which stands for ‘Be an Enfield Active Ranger’ is a borough wide campaign to encourage children  to travel actively to school, 29 primary schools have signed up so far.

Children in the schools are encouraged to become ‘Active Rangers’ and walk, cycle or use a scooter to get to school. Schools taking part in the scheme receive campaign packs which reward children who use sustainable methods to get to school each morning.

All the schools who signed up to the BEAR initiative were entered into a competition, of which five schools won (Latymer All Saints, Eversley, George Spicer, Merryhills and Vita et Pax Prep School).

Eversley Primary School hosted the event, as the school were keen to increase the number of trees on their school site.

The Woodland Trust supplied over 100 native trees of varying species which will be planted along the boundary to the school, creating an attractive woodland area and an ecological border to the school.

Cllr Doug Taylor, Leader of Enfield Council said “I was delighted to be part of this wonderful scheme which sees a host of beautiful, native trees being planted in our borough.

“Every one of our primary schools who signed up to be an ‘Enfield Active Ranger’ had a chance to take part in this tree planting exercise. The winning schools joined together at Eversley to help make the school a greener and more environmentally friendly place.”

Cllr Chris Bond, Cabinet Member for Environment for Enfield Council said “Not only are the extra trees great news for the borough and its birds and wildlife, the children who took part also had a unique opportunity to learn about tree care and the importance they have to the environment.

“I would urge every primary school to sign up to this unique scheme which helps get children and their parents thinking about how they travel to school.”

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