GROW WITH US
Grow with Us is our new campaign that covers a series of touchpoints for our pupils that fall outside the more traditional areas of the curriculum. It embraces both the well-being of our community and that of our environment.
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now” - Chinese proverb
Grow with Us is our way of celebrating every child who joins the school whilst doing something beneficial for our planet. Over the next seven years, RHS has committed to planting a tree for each new pupil - growing with them throughout their time here and maintaining roots to the school as they progress through life.
Scientists have stated that if we planted 1 trillion trees in the next few years, the amount of carbon in the atmosphere would be reduced by 25% as the trees matured - levels the world has not witnessed for at least a century. We’re aiming to plant at least thousands of trees featuring a mix of native species including silver birch, rowan, wild cherry and oak. Every year, we’ll begin planting towards the end of November, coinciding with National Tree Week.
We all know about the importance of planting trees to absorb carbon, but our trees will also provide habitats for a variety of wildlife.
In spring 2020, we are introducing honeybees to the school and hope to have at least six hives in place throughout the grounds by the end of the year. Tree blossom is a critical food source for bees, providing them with the nutrient-rich pollen and nectar they use to make honey. We’re also giving everyone who attends one of our events, such as our Open Days, bee and butterfly-friendly wildflower seeds to create their own wildlife haven.
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Proposals (in green) include new trees, rewilding areas, beehives and hedges.
Research has proved that connecting with nature improves people’s health and happiness. Spending time amongst trees, or shinrin-yoku as it’s known in Japan, is now a cornerstone of their healthcare programme, encouraging people to walk through woodlands, simply being mindful of their surroundings. The Woodland Trust are huge advocates of green therapy and the Duchess of Cambridge’s garden at Chelsea in 2018 was based on the shinrin-yoku principle.
We’re creating an area for shinrin-yoku within our initial area of tree planting – a quiet space where RHS pupils can retreat to and enjoy the school’s amazing natural surroundings. It will feature three zones to sit or lie, made from trees that have had to be felled on the RHS estate as part of our woodland management