Lara branches out with tree project after ditching 'boring' geography lessons

A schoolgirl who ditched boring geography lessons for a climate change project has planted her first trees.

Lara Neal, 10, planted her first tree at St Johns RC Primary School in Bridgnorth
Lara Neal, 10, planted her first tree at St Johns RC Primary School in Bridgnorth

Lara Neal, 10, started up her Tree Town project with dad Luke when they became fed up of a dull assignment when they were doing home-schooling.

The movement, in which Lara hopes to plant several trees around Bridgnorth, has gathered momentum, and she planted her first trees at her school - St John's RC Primary.

As part of her project, Lara went out and about in the town with Luke to assess locations where new trees may be beneficial to the look of the local area without impeding views or blocking routes. The project has secured funding of £2,500 from the Bridgnorth branch of Shropshire Wildlife Trust, and Luke said the town council has been supportive. Lara is now waiting for the council to give the green light for more locations.

Luke said: "In Lockdown One I was home schooling and we had a really boring geography project to do. We thought, 'this is rubbish, we're not doing this', and she said she would really like to do something for climate change.

"She was really interested in planting trees so we came up with this idea.

"She said it isn't something we need to worry about, we just need to do something about it. She's quite laid back, and just wanted to do something positive."

He added: "It's been really popular and we've had lots of nice support from the community."

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