Transforming urban school playgrounds across UK cities into leafy green oases

The Mohn Westlake Foundation are pleased to be supporting Trees for Cities as they embark on their 'Trees for Schools' project which will benefit 5,000 pupils.

At a glance…

Trees for Schools aims to:

  • Plant 1,500 trees to transform 12 primary school playgrounds in towns and cities in England, Scotland and Wales so that they are that are better adapted to climatic change, more wildlife-friendly and support outdoor learning and pupil’s health and wellbeing.
  • Involve 5,000 pupils and their teachers through design sessions, outdoor lessons, planting workshops, and teacher training to encourage connection to nature, enjoyment in learning and a greater sense of pride in their school.
  • Create three high profile “Trees for the Jubilee” Playgrounds in Cardiff, Glasgow and London, providing a lasting legacy to the late Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee.


Main image, above and below: Staff and pupils at Raynham Primary, Enfield, London alongside The Mohn Westlake Foundation, The Queen's Green Canopy and Trees for Cities.

Trees for Schools will transform urban school playgrounds across UK cities into leafy green oases nourishing children's health and wellbeing, inspire curiosity in the natural world, engage children in their education and instil a greater sense of pride in their school.

Pupils are taking a leading role in re-designing their playgrounds, generating ideas and planting new shrubs and trees; transforming their grey tarmac playgrounds into school forest gardens, mini woodlands, wildlife hedgerows, edible playgrounds and orchards. Parents will also be invited to get involved and teachers will be supported to use the new outdoor classrooms to teach through nature, bringing new and exciting learning opportunities to pupils.

This project is also supported by The Queen’s Green Canopy and will build a lasting legacy for the late Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee as well as benefiting future generations within cities across the UK.

“We are delighted to be supported by The Mohn Westlake Foundation and The Queen’s Green Canopy to design and deliver the first ‘Trees for Schools’ project. We have been inspiring children’s curiosity in the natural world at Trees for Cities with our school’s work for years, therefore we are positive that this project will instil a greater sense of pride in pupil’s’ education and school.”Schools Programme Senior Manager, Carys Alder

“It was wonderful to be invited to Raynham Primary School by Trees for Cities to meet pupils and teachers, and to help children plant food seeds and a cherry blossom tree in the school grounds. Trees for Cities do a fantastic job in turning school playgrounds into oases of vibrancy and colour which helps children thrive in their learning environment and surroundings. We are delighted to be involved in the project to help create a Greener Enfield and look forward to seeing the results of the children’s planting session in the coming months.”Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, Cllr Alev Cazimoglu

To learn more about this project please visit the Trees for Cities website:

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