MP helps students plant trees in Eastleigh schools visit

Eastleigh’s MP Mims Davies has visited Wildern School and both sites of Crestwood Community School in Eastleigh to complete her tree planting tour as part of the Queens Commonwealth Canopy Project. 

Having recently kicked off the tour at Hamble Primary school, the MP said she was ‘delighted’ to offer the same opportunity to older students in the constituency.

Launched in 2015, the Queens Commonwealth Canopy is a unique network of forest conservation initiatives, which involves all 53 countries of the Commonwealth. In 2018, 50,000 trees were offered in a free tree giveaway made possible by a partnership between the Woodland Trust, Sainsbury’s and ITV. Over 500 politicians were provided with a box of trees to plant across their constituencies.

The MP who is also currently a Minister at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said in a statement.

“I was absolutely delighted to visit two of our local Secondary Schools and get stuck in with planting three more trees in their grounds as part of the Queens Commonwealth Canopy conservation project, I have always been passionate about making sure that our forests and ancient woodlands are preserved and supported for the next generation and whilst chatting to the students, it is clear they share a passion for making sure our planet is protected for the future.”

Crestwood’s Headteacher Krista Dawkins said:

“We were delighted to be chosen for such a special gift that has such a special meaning as they are in honour of The Queen and to make the world a better place. We want to see the trees grow as a symbol of our students growth in knowledge and understanding of their place in the wider world tackling climate change and being more responsible for the future of our planet”.

The MP added she is keen help local schools promote their projects and events and to give them a chance to take part in events she is involved with and encouraging them to visit Westminster to find out more about democracy at work.

If you would like Mims to visit your school or your school would like to visit Mims at Westminster, please email mims.davies.mp@parliament.uk