Delayed Arbor day: ‘We can’t live without trees’

Photo credit: Studio040/Tim Vellinger

Last Wednesday morning, 50 Group 5 scholars from Floralaan Primary School planted 250 Linden trees.

The trees should have been planted by the students on 20 March for National Arbor Day, but a storm made it unsafe. Damaged and fallen trees made the paths impassable and dangerous.

It is important that children get more in touch with nature. “We really want the children to be actively engaged and able to concentrate well,” says Miss Linda from Floralaan Primary School. “Research has shown that children need to spend time in nature and to be engaged in outdoor activities, to improve their concentration.”

The scholars themselves consider such a day, planting trees, to be important. ‘We can’t live without trees. They collect CO2 and use it to grow,” says Caitlin, who is nine years old. “If they keep cutting down trees, it’s not good for us, and it’s not good for nature.”

This year, Floralaan primary school was the only school in Eindhoven to participate in the Dutch National Arbor Day. Forest Management hopes that next year all the primary schools in Eindhoven will take part.

Source: Studio040

Translator: Nicole Dawson Cullinan

Editor: Melinda Walraven

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