Trees sponsored by
St Johns Shopping Centre

Planting day at Pudsey Southroyd Primary School near Leeds

September 2007

Professor David Bellamy came to Pudsey Southroyd Primary School to plant some trees, with the help of the children. The trees were donated by St Johns Shopping Centre in Leeds. Tree Appeal recently collected the school's old and obsolete computer equipment which is being refurbished for use by schools in Ghana - equipment which would otherwise have ended up in landfill but will now enjoy a much appreciated second life.

"Our partnership with Tree Appeal and the St Johns Centre has been a great success." said Dave Manton of Pudsey Southroyd Primary School. "We have been able to develop aspects of the global dimension, important to our school curriculum. The children were thrilled to think that our old suite computers were being reused by children in Africa. They wrote letters and best wishes cards to go with the equipment and hope that one day they might even hear from the schools in Ghana where the machines are used.

"Soon after the computers were dispatched to Ghana, Tree Appeal were back with support from the St John’s Centre, bringing patron Professor David Bellamy to Southroyd. The staff and children enjoyed a wonderful day planting new trees in the school grounds and were inspired by the enthusiasm and experiences of Mr Bellamy, who answered questions in the hall at the end of the day.

"Staff from the St Johns Centre will also be making a presentation at Southroyd in October, explaining the involvement of commerce in supporting schools like Southroyd. The presentation will form part of the school’s Earth Summit, where children will be presenting their opinions on how they can save energy, recycle more and take care of the planet which they have inherited. "The work of Tree Appeal has formed another important aspect of the children’s understanding of how we can do more to preserve the balance of our environment and we look forward to more involvement with Tree Appeal in the future."

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