On the day of the global climate strike calling for action on climate change, children at Kingham Primary School asked their local Member of Parliament to plant an apple tree as a symbol of their concern for the environment.
Robert Courts MP was invited to the school to explain to the children how their world can be improved by passing legislation through Parliament.
“I was pleased to visit this delightful school and help these enthusiastic children understand how laws are made and that they can make a difference to our world,” said the Member of Parliament for Witney and West Oxfordshire.
After addressing the morning assembly with a lively demonstration of how a law is passed and answering questions from children, the local constituency representative was joined by the whole school, including the nursery class, to plant an apple tree in the school grounds.
Children then presented the MP with a bottle of the school apple juice from the last crop harvested from the large tree that previously grew in the grounds, which blew down in high winds earlier in the year.
“We are very fortunate to have an idyllic setting here in the Cotswolds, which makes us all the more mindful of the importance of the environment and of protecting the world in which we live,” said Bretta Townend-Jowitt, the headteacher at Kingham Primary School.
“This replacement tree is a symbol of hope for future school children and a commitment to improving the environment for generations to come,” added Rosie Shannon, Chair of the Kingham Primary School Association, which organises events and raises funds for the school in rural West Oxfordshire.