Trees sponsored by
Vale Housing

Planting day at Grove C of E Primary School

April 2009

Representatives from Vale, along with Professor Bellamy and the Tree Appeal team, visited Grove C of E Primary School to lend a hand with the planting. The schools was chosen from a group of schools in the area who have received trees sponsored by Vale this year.

Vale was the first housing association in the UK to achieve international environmental management standard ISO14001 and they are now looking for new ways to contribute to the environment and the community. By planting trees in schools, Vale are not only creating wildlife habitat, promoting biodiversity and making a greener world, they are also providing outdoor learning resources for local school children, helping future generations to understand the natural world.

Steve Russell, Managing Director of Vale, said, “The Vale Housing Association has been committed to improving our local environment since 1998 when we were the first housing association to achieve ISO 14001 accreditation for our environmental work. We are delighted to have this opportunity to help highlight the value of the environment to our tenants’ children. We think that tree planting is an excellent way to engage them with the positive benefits of investing in and caring for the environment.”

Ken Whitley, Managing Director of Tree Appeal, said, “It is the commitment and enthusiasm of organisations like the Vale Housing Association that help us to make the world a greener place. With their sponsorship of these trees, Vale Housing Association are giving back to the environment and to the community, and contributing to education in Oxfordshire.”

Wendy Grace, headteacher of Grove CofE Primary School said, ‘Grove C.of E. Primary School were delighted to receive a visit from David Bellamy yesterday. He held a captivated audience in the school hall and spent time answering a diverse range of questions ranging from worms to hedgehogs and his many adventures around the world.”

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