School children across Denbighshire are getting ready to help tackle the challenge of climate change on their own doorstep.

During Wales Climate Week, Denbighshire County Council is launching phase two of work to increase tree canopies across schools to support nature’s recovery and reduce local carbon emissions.

This work has received funding from an £800,000 grant from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Nearly 17,000 trees were planted at sites including schools across the county earlier this year thanks to the support of volunteers and school children to help nature’s recover for the benefit of surrounding wildlife and communities.

The work has also supported the Council’s drive to reach net carbon zero by contributing to the amount of carbon sequestered (or absorbed).

Work by the Climate Change team, Biodiversity team and Denbighshire Countryside Services will see the planting of almost 10,000 more trees, including hedgerows and fruit trees, take place this winter at the following schools:

  • Ysgol Tir Morfa, Rhyl;
  • Ysgol Clawdd Offa, Prestatyn;
  • Ysgol Glan Clwyd, St Asaph;
  • Ysgol Penbarras and Rhos St School, Ruthin;
  • Ysgol Betws Gwerful Goch;
  • Ysgol Caer Drewyn, Corwen; and
  • Ysgol Bro Dyfrdwy, Cynwyd.

The areas developed will provide stronger habitat spaces for nature to benefit from as well as spaces for pupils to enjoy and learn from local wildlife.

Other benefits around the schools will include improved air quality, urban heat cooling, physical and mental wellbeing, and areas of mixed interest for education and play.

In addition to schools, this year’s programme of works will include four Community Nature Spaces at Rhyl, St Asaph, Henllan and Clocaenog with almost 6,000 further trees.

Cllr Barry Mellor, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said: “We are really looking forward to commencing our second phase of school tree planting as it was fantastic to work with pupils last year to see how they embraced the need to tackle climate change on a local level. We are grateful for the schools taking part to create these important areas for nature’s recovery and also for wellbeing and learning of all pupils involved.”