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Schools across Sandwell are being offered the chance to connect with nature and improve their local grounds by planting trees – for free.

Children can look forward to planting a copse (small group of trees) or hedge, which can provide a wild harvest, or a burst of year round colour.

Over the next four years, Defra is supporting The Woodland Trust to offer an additional 400,000 British native trees to up to 7000 state funded primary schools in England.   

As well as free tree packs, for eligible schools,  there’s help with finding somewhere else to plant if there isn’t room in school grounds; protection to help the trees grow; and on-line curriculum-linked resources to support teachers’  lesson plans.

 

John Spellar MP said:

 

“This great opportunity will help schools improve their local environment and enable children to learn about nature. Trees bring enormous benefits to the appearance, air and general environment of the area.”

 

Beccy Speight, Chief Executive of The Woodland Trust said: 

 

“It’s vitally important children get the chance to plant a tree. We know from our research it’s a memory they'll treasure for years to come, and often starts their relationship off with the natural world and all the benefits that brings. 

 

“This scheme offers schools which have found it hard in the past, a new way to plant trees, and bring an oasis of green into their community.”

Apply for a free tree pack by visiting the Woodland Trust website, www.woodlandtrust.org.uk or search ‘School tree packs’ on-line; http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/freetrees

The closing date for applications is September 9th 2016 for tree delivery in November.  

Primary Schools in Sandwell are being offered the chance to plant free trees with help from the Woodland Trust

Schools across Sandwell are being offered the chance to connect with nature and improve their local grounds by planting trees – for free. Children can look forward to planting a...

Today is an unmistakable expression of the voice of the people of Sandwell and Britain as a whole. The outcome is clear and must be respected. Britain must now start to make arrangements to leave the EU.

The stubbornness in negotiations of the EU bureaucracy and many leading European nations probably made it inevitable that the British people would vote to leave. They will now have to answer to their own populations for their own decisions, but it will now be without our help.

 

While there will be a number of complicated issues to be resolved, they must not be used as an excuse to delay the decision. It may be that the reality of British exit will lead to a new and improved arrangement among the EU States which might be more attractive for Britain to re-join. But that is for another day.

However, standing along will pose its own challenges and will require a revival of our National spirit, standing up for our country, its people and its industry. This will require new thinking and new people. The tired elite in the civil service will have to change their ways or give way to those who will take up the challenge.

Leaving is now inevitable, but whether we succeed or not depends on us alone, our future is literally in our own hands.

John Spellar MP on the EU referendum result

Today is an unmistakable expression of the voice of the people of Sandwell and Britain as a whole. The outcome is clear and must be respected. Britain must now start...

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John Spellar MP has declared his support for The Royal British Legion’s ‘Count Them In’ campaign, which calls for questions on the Armed Forces community to be included in the next UK Census.

It is estimated that there are currently between 6.5 million and 6.7 million members of the Armed Forces community living in the UK, representing about a tenth of the population. However, little is currently known about the exact numbers, location and needs of this significant group. Including new questions on the next census would provide public bodies, local authorities, and charities with valuable information to ensure they are able to deliver the best services they can for our Armed Forces community. 

John met with representatives of The Royal British Legion, Service personnel and veterans to discuss the campaign in Parliament on Monday 13 June.

John said of the meeting:

“It was a pleasure to meet with members of the Armed Forces community who, along with their families, make huge sacrifices in the service of our country. I also enjoyed meeting with staff from The Royal British Legion and hearing more about their Count Them In campaign.

I was very disappointed to learn that we currently know more about the UK’s Jedi community than we do about our Armed Forces. It cannot be right that our Servicemen and women, veterans and their families are effectively hidden from official statistics, so I’m only too happy to back the call for new questions to be added to the next UK Census. We count on them – let’s count them in.”

Chris Simpkins, Director-General of The Royal British Legion, said:

As a nation we promise to provide lifelong care and support for those who serve our country. By adding questions to the 2021 UK Census, we can help public bodies and charities deliver the best services they can for our Armed Forces community, when and where it is needed most. We thank John for adding his support to our campaign: together I’m confident that we can make the next census count for our Armed Forces community.”

Constituents can find out more about the  campaign by visiting the campaign website, www.britishlegion.org.uk/census, or by posting their own pledge of support on social media using the #CountThemIn hashtag. 

John Spellar MP pledges to ‘Count Armed Forces Community In’ Campaign

  John Spellar MP has declared his support for The Royal British Legion’s ‘Count Them In’ campaign, which calls for questions on the Armed Forces community to be included in...


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