Schoolchildren from across Glasgow have gathered to help plant over 17,000 trees in the Cathkin Braes to create ‘Glasgow Children’s Woodland’ as part of The Lost Woods project.
The Lost Woods is a project designed to inspire, educate and empower children about their environment. Set up in December 2019, it has an ambitious plan of reaching out to all the Glasgow primary schools to help children feel more connected to nature. In March 2020, the project distributed close to 50,000 sessile oak acorns to 135 primary schools across Glasgow to enable children to grow oak trees from acorns. Alongside this, resources and lesson plans have been carefully designed by teachers, to fit to the Curriculum of Excellence for each primary school level.
The four-day event has seen children from a selection of Glasgow schools from across the city come together to create the new woodland area, the city’s largest woodland creation in 40 years, in the run up to The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) taking place in Glasgow at the beginning of November. In its lifetime, the wood will capture 6,000 tons of CO2.
As part of GlasGo’s involvement in the project, site volunteers supporting the tree planting process were picked up from selected locations across the city by a zero-emission electric vehicle supplied by GlasGo partner First Glasgow, which ensured safe, efficient and environmentally friendly travel to and from the new woodland location.
Duncan Cameron, Managing Director of First Bus Scotland, said;
“We’re thrilled to be able to play a part in such an important project in The Lost Woods. Not only is the project a fantastic experience for schoolchildren in Glasgow but also an important educational and inspirational tool. We look forward to supporting the project further in the future!”.
If you’d like to learn more about The Lost Woods project and how you can get involved, visit their website: https://www.thelostwoods.earth/