Natural Resources Wales are offering free fruit trees for schools and educational settings in the Vale of Glamorgan.
NRW is asking schools and educational settings in the Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Merthyr Tydfil and Bridgend areas, to sign up to receive free fruit trees to create their own orchards and help teach children about nature when they re-open.
Its Fruitful Orchards Project aims to equip educators with the skills they need to be able to establish a small orchard, manage it and use it as a learning resource.
The project provides opportunities to improve children's connection with nature while also increasing biodiversity by creating new habitats with food for birds and insects in mostly urban areas.
Eligible schools and settings can sign up by completing an online form by 29 January. Once registered, we will support schools and settings to plan their orchard, provide the teaching and learning resources they will need and deliver the trees.
Despite the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, dozens of schools and settings have already sign up to receive their fruit trees with help from our local authority partners, and some have already planted their trees.
In December, pupils at Fairfield Primary School in Penarth planted an orchard of five apple trees in their school grounds.
Interested schools Sign up here http://orlo.uk/xBepp