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Earth Day

Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and you will find lots of environmentally friendly activities on the earth day website. www.earthday.org
Although we are unable to be together, we can still look at ways to help the climate together. We are all being encouraged to go for a walk during these strange times, which is fantastic for us and the environment. There are fewer cars about making it safer to go out walking but also making the air we breathe cleaner.
How else can we help our world? One way is to plant forests so, while we are all enjoying our lovely weather we could plant our own trees! It’s really not difficult at all. Next time you have an apple, ask a grown up to cut it open so you can look inside. What can you see? Look for the seeds, I found 8 in mine! Take on old container with some drainage holes or some plant pots and put in some compost, remember to use peat free if you can! Plant the seeds in the compost, making sure they have plenty of room, then cover them up with more soil to keep them nice and warm. Give them plenty to drink, especially in this weather and then be very, very patient. Keep looking after them, watering them and keeping them warm especially if it gets very cold at night. One day, the seeds will pop their heads out of the soil and start to grow into apple trees and you will have started your very own forest! 🌳🌲🌱🌿🍎

Our Very Own Cart Mill Forest

The children had spent the morning at the forest hunting for different types of seeds and brought some back to the centre to show their friends. Some of the children were very inquisitive and wanted to know what all the seeds would grow into.

We decided our favourite was the beech nut as it looked like a baby hedgehog. One of the children noticed that one of our beech nuts was starting to open and we could actually see the tiny seed inside. Val found another beech nut that had opened completely which the children were able to harvest the seed from. They then went to our mini forest and planted it to see if it would grow next year.

We are so lucky to be able to watch our forest grow every year. So far we have; oak trees from acorns we planted last year, apple trees from seeds we gathered during snack and cherry trees that we have grown from cherry stones. The children love learning about nature and are developing their own nurturing skills by caring for their plants.

What seed is this?
It feels fuzzy.
This one is open.
Look at the tiny seed!
Our miniature forest.

Is the hole deep enough?
We need to cover up the seed.
“They look like baby hedgehogs”