Student’s tree planting project helps green school

Enfield County School for Girls is getting greener thanks to a green-fingered student

Lilibeth Hatton plants the first oak tree

A sixth-form student has helped green her school by leading on a tree-planting scheme.

Lilibeth Hatton, from Ponders End, is the head of the Green Schools Project at Enfield County School for Girls and said she wanted to plant trees in the school grounds to help tackle climate change as well as provide shade for fellow pupils.

At a ceremony last month to mark the first English oak tree being planted, Lilibeth told the Dispatch: “When I became head of the Green Schools Project, one of my goals was to improve the environment in our school, so since November I have been working on trying to plant more trees in our school to increase biodiversity and provide shade in hot weather.

“With the increasing heat of our summers there are more health risks but the trees have a cooling effect.”

The ceremony saw Lilibeth read a blessing for the first tree as well as a poem. She was joined by other pupils who helped add handfuls of vermiculite and compost to give the tree a boost in its early stages.

The Green Schools Project works with schools to “transform the way they respond to the climate and nature crisis”. It helps students to lead projects and support schools to reduce their carbon emissions, with a focus on the learning opportunities provided in the process.

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