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Local MP visits Oasis Academy Long Cross to plant trees for Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy

Darren Jones, MP for Lawrence Weston, visited Oasis Academy Long Cross on Friday 30th November to plant tree saplings for the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.

Five trees were donated to Darren Jones MP thanks to a partnership between the Woodland Trust, Sainsbury’s and ITV.

The Woodland Trust is the largest woodland conservation charity in the UK. It has over 500,000 supporters. It wants to see a UK rich in native woods and trees for people and wildlife.

The trees were planted by Oasis Academy Long Cross students, the Assistant Principal and the MP on the school grounds. Children planted 5 tree saplings - two silver birch, two rowan, and a hazel. Students also got to decide where to dig the holes for the trees.

Darren Jones, MP for Lawrence Weston, said: “I grew up in Lawrence Weston, and attended the former guise of this school so it is particularly special for me to visit as the local MP. I have chosen to plant my saplings at a local school as I think it’s vital that children and young people get to experience planting and nurturing trees and plants first-hand.

It’s great all four Bristol MPs took part and there will be 20 new hazel, silver birch and rowan trees across the city thanks to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project. As part of my visit, I also got to speak to students, school leaders and teaching staff which is always really inspirational but also worrying as I hear first-hand the impact austerity politics and cuts have.”

Julia Dauban, Regional Director for Oasis Primary Academies in Bristol, said: “The children were thrilled with the tree planting and meeting a local MP. We encourage our children to appreciate nature and teach them how important it is to conserve our native woodland. The trees will be well cared for and we look forward to seeing them grow.

It was a pleasure to give Darren Jones MP a tour of Oasis Academy Long Cross to show him the excellent provision we provide for children in his constituency, as well as discuss the challenges schools are faced with.”