Exploring Nature Play: Saplings to trees

Growing trees and communities at Shiremoor Adventure Playground, North Tyneside.

The magical part of Exploring Nature Play is that you can organise a community event that would involve everyone in nature.

The landscape was barren, there were no trees on our adventure playground and we had no money to buy any. We contacted the Woodland Trust who run a More Trees More Good scheme where they have free tree packs to give away to schools, community and youth groups. They put us in touch with one of their local volunteers who advised us on the best type of trees for our site. We then applied for a tree pack and arranged a community fun day where we invited children, parents, carers, volunteers, schools  and members of the local community along to get involved in the tree planting.

Local councillors and the young mayor attended which helped raise the profile of the adventure playground and the Woodland Trust. As our event took place during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year, the Woodland Trust sent us a Royal Oak tree sapling from the Queen’s Jubilee Estate. We ran a competition where the winner planted the royal sapling with the young mayor. We had lots of press coverage to bring extra publicity to our event.