Tree Action is a not for profit community interest company that organises and raises funds for tree planting projects in schools, colleges, or on public land. They aim to connect young people with the environment to support their mental well-being, give them the opportunity to learn about and care for trees, and make their own positive contributions to tackling climate change.
Through these projects, alongside the obvious improvements biodiversity and the environment, they aim to address the challenge of stress and mental illness in young people brought about by the effects of Covid, poverty and social media. Often underprivileged children are deprived of connection with the natural environment, something which can be instrumental in improving their cognitive skills and improving their well-being. Students who have little or no understanding of how the natural world works can be supported with practical education on the environment and develop an early understanding of climate change mitigation.
Many schools do not have the time or resources to organise these projects or funds to pay for trees to be planted on their own site that the students can look after, or need support to do so. They aim to fill that gap to make these projects happen.
They are looking to raise funds for school project planned for Woodgate Primary Academy which includes around 26 fruit and woodland trees which they want to plant early 2024. They are looking to raise £5000 for this and will have a crowdfunding campaign launched soon. They have a crowdfunding campaign for existing schools projects you can read about and share here – https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/tree-action-for-more-sussex-schools