Boeing celebrates Earth Day in the UK
April 28, 2012 - On Friday 27 April 2012, about 60 Boeing employees across four sites in the UK volunteered to celebrate Earth Day.
In partnership with the Earth Restoration Service, an environmental charity, volunteers from Bristol, Heathrow House in West London, Welwyn Garden City and Gosport worked together to plant a total of 270 trees in their local schools with the help of the schools children.
The schools involved were: Wansdyke Primary School in Bristol, Pinkwell Primary School in Hayes, Brockhurst Junior School in Gosport and Panshanger Primary School in Welwyn Garden City.
“I’m particularly impressed with the enthusiasm of the pupils and their teachers at these schools and their teachers” said Sir Roger Bone, President of Boeing UK & Ireland, “It was inspiring for our employees to get so involved in today’s celebration of Earth Day, and to have the opportunity to talk to the next generation about the importance of protecting the environment.”
“We are very pleased with how successful the tree planting has gone and how enthusiastic the pupils are about the environment”, added Andreas Korneval, Director of Operations, Earth Restoration Service, “These children are creating a legacy in their own landscape”.
In the next few months, Boeing and the Earth Restoration Service will continue to monitor the progress of the trees and will provide the schools involved with educational packs which will include information on the type of trees planted and the importance of preserving nature.
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, as well as Boeing in the UK, to engage practically with their local communities.