A Tree for Every Child is PKCT’s flagship education project and takes place between September – March each year.

The project aims to give children across Perth and Kinross the chance to learn about trees and how to care for them, and to directly take part in conservation action through tree planting. It also aims to support teachers and leaders, helping to provide the knowledge and confidence for successful tree planting and maintenance.

The project has two strands to achieve these aims:

  1. A structured education programme, to be delivered across three sessions to up to five primary schools
  2. Independent events, at which children are able to take part in tree planting

As well as providing every child with the chance to experience tree planting and to make connections with their local nature, this project has a direct impact on conservation. Planting native species helps to combat both climate change and biodiversity loss – trees lock up carbon and a diverse woodland provides numerous benefits to other wildlife, supporting greater biodiversity. This is before we even mention all the added benefits that trees provide, sometimes known as nature-based solutions, such as flood prevention, reducing soil erosion, and cooling the surrounding air temperature.  

Pupils from Our Lady's RC Primary School take part in their planting session, at Perth Crematorium ©PKCT

A Tree for Every Child in Perthshire – Pilot Project, took place in 2022/2023. Overall, the trial planted 606 trees across the school plantings and two stand-alone events. 346 of those trees were registered with Queen’s Green Canopy – 260 were not, at the preference of the landowner.  Around 168 pupils took part in the formal education programme, and around 35 children took part in the events. The project was made possible through collaboration with the Woodland Trust and support and funding from PKCT and PKC.

Pupils from Strathallan Prep School learn about why trees are important, and how to plan the tree planting during workshop one ©Strathallan School

Sign ups for the 2023/2024 school programme are now complete, but if you would be interested in seeing if there is a tree planting event planned near you, please get in touch.