Extinction Rebellion gift to be replanted at this school in Dorchester

Extinction Rebellion gift to be replanted at this school in Dorchester

Published by George Sharpe at 12:01am 12th October 2019.

Campaigners have donated 400 trees to MP's including West Dorset's Sir Oliver Letwin.

Sir Letwin took to twitter to thank the group for his tree, stating he'll be donating it to Damers first School "whose pupils and staff do so much for the environment"

Matthew Shribman, one of the #ReforestEarth organisers behind the gifts, said:

“Reforesting is crucial for protecting our climate and all life on earth and politicians need to understand the scale of what we need: the government’s plan to plant 11 million trees isn’t even enough to absorb the last hour of global emissions! We need to be talking about many billions of trees.”

Organiser Matthew Shribman
Organiser Matthew Shribman

Why does Damers First School need more trees?

The school moved to a new site in 2017, and since then has been in great need of new trees on the site. They've received donations from the duchy, as well as some other trees earlier this year from Sir Letwin.

Sir Oliver Letwin plants a tree at Damer's School
Sir Oliver Letwin plants a tree at Damer's School

Damers School's Eco-club has been recognised on a number of occasions for their eco-campaigning.

Edd Moore leads the group. He said:

"It's nice to know that Sir Oliver Letwin is following our work. He's been a big supporter of our plastic free Dorchester campaign.

"When we moved to the new school building two years ago there weren't many trees.

"We're still looking to plant more trees. Hopefully, in 10-15 years time we'll see more of a forest in our grounds."

Sir Letwin tried to get to Damers School on Thursday to plant the tree, but was stopped due to Extinction Rebellion protests currently happening in the capital.

It's now expected he'll be planting the tree just before the school breaks up for half-term in two weeks.