When it comes to doing my bit to help at school I am always up for helping on a school trip. So yesterday I passed a lovely hour collecting leaves in the local park, and being covered in sticky weed by giggling 6 year olds. G was really excited to have me on the trip.
It’s no secret I love trees, and plants and I hope my kids grow up to love them too. It was great fun being there, my son and his three friends really loved collecting as many different tree leaves as possible in a carrier bag, and had so much fun they barely even noticed the play equipment. On the walk to and from the park we stopped to marvel at ivy climbing house, to stroke moss climbing walls and to ponder how ferns grow out of brick walls.
When I got home I celebrated my lovely morning with a cup of Yorkshire Tea. I promised I would share this all important cuppa, because Yorkshire Tea wants to plant a million new trees, half in the UK and half in Kenya over the next five years. I think this is brilliant for three reasons – I love trees, Kenya holds a piece of my heart, after my visit with Comic Relief in February, and I was born in Yorkshire, so Yorkshire Tea is my favourite brew, (although recently I gave up caffeine, so it’s decaff nowadays).
Yorkshire Tea have teamed up with The Woodland Trust, and the Gruffalo to inspire people of all ages to get involved and to encourage families to learn about caring for the planet together. The project is called Yorkshire Tree and you can learn more about it here. Do check out the Gruffalo kids’ resources at that link, I passed some of the worksheets on to my son’s teacher as they have some great tree themed ideas. G brought home a painting of a tree in each of the four seasons recently, which is also one of the exercises you can print out from the website.
It took G most of reception to get round to picking up a pencil, for many more months all he wanted to write was his name, so it is really lovely to see him starting to write more independently.
I will leave you with one of the members of the Rafiki Collective and the tree we sat under, in Kenya, it brings all important shade to this women’s collective as they meet before making another batch of nutritious porridge flour to sell to their local community. I couldn’t tell you what tree it was now, but I wished I had paid it more attention, in the sweltering heat it kept me cool and allowed the women to work.