The Earth Restoration Service ERS’s goal is to transform the current concern for environmental degradation into positive action, inspiring the world’s citizens to play their part in restoring the natural health of their own environments. Its approach is proactive and practical, forming partnerships with schools, community groups, charities, NGOs, government agencies and businesses, to create a global alliance to address the challenge of restoring the earth.
The ERS School Tree Nurseries Programme and the School Flutter Flower Programme are providing a service to both the community and the environment by helping children in schools to learn about the environment, plant trees and create wildflower meadows in order to restore locally degraded habitats.
Boeing supports the Earth Restoration Service in sending native tree saplings to 100 schools all over the UK and overseas, in order to create small-scale tree nurseries. The children are directly involved in the planting and growing of the trees. Once the saplings reach the correct maturity the trees are planted out in the local community by them as well as their teachers and their parents. This is an effective way for children to learn about ecology and for the schools to engage practically with their local communities.
Earth Day in 2013 was celebrated across 5 schools and nursery schools close to Boeing UK and subsidiary company sites (Gosport, Bristol, Welwyn Garden City, Milton Keynes and Waddington). 250 children aged 5-11 took part with 60 Boeing employees. 500 tree saplings and a further 500 wildflowers were planted during the day's activities.