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‘BEAR’ necessities achieved at tree planting event

Published Thursday, 19 March 2015

Children from five different primary schools got their hands dirty at Merryhills Primary School this week, (17 March), to plant over 60 native trees after winning a special competition.

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The five schools won Enfield Council’s ‘BEAR’ (Be an Enfield Active Ranger) competition.

‘BEAR’ is a borough wide campaign to encourage children to travel actively to school, which was launched in January 2014 by the Smarter Travel Team at Enfield Council. To date, 38 primary schools are taking part in the campaign which was developed through the borough’s School Travel Plan programme which aims to encourage safe and sustainable travel.

Children are encouraged to become ‘Active Rangers’ and to walk, scoot or cycle on the school journey, or park and stride if they do come by car. Schools taking part in the scheme receive campaign packs including charts and stickers each half term and a mascot teddy bear.

Young people can collect the stickers throughout the school year by participating each week. It is hoped that schools will use this campaign to reduce car use on the school run and encourage healthy and more active lifestyles in the school community, and make it safer around the school with less cars arriving outside the school gates.

All participating BEAR schools were entered into a competition to be able to attend the tree planting event activity, and Merryhills School was chosen as the host school as they were keen to increase the number of trees on their site.

Cllr Chris Bond, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, said: “This wonderful competition will see over 60 native trees planted in the grounds of Merryhills Primary School by local children.

“The scheme forms part of the Enfield 2020 sustainability programme, helping them learn about the importance of trees to offset carbon in our environment and how they can also be havens for wildlife.

“It is vital that young people learn how important it is to protect and enhance the environment at an early age and this scheme will help them do that.”

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