The Member of Parliament for Eastleigh, and Minister at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Mims Davies, last week visited Wildern School in Hedge End 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, Mims 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.
Reflecting on last Fridays’ visits, Eastleigh MP and DCMS Minister Mims Davies said:
“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.”
“Youth policy is one of my responsibilities as a Minister and recently I was delighted to join CEOs, community leaders, schools and HRH The Prince of Wales at an event at St James’ Palace to discuss youth action – including young people spending more time outside and learning about the world around them.
“I therefore really appreciated the opportunity to chat with and listen to so many students out in the fresh air last week about what matters to them both locally and nationally, and to hear their thoughts and ideas. These young people are our future workforce, industry leaders and entrepreneurs and we should encourage them to think big and grab every positive opportunity that is offered. It’s always such a privilege to meet so many wonderful enquiring minds, each one so unique– and so polite and helpful!”
Following the visit from Mims, Headteacher for Crestwood Community School, Krista Dawkins commented:
“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”.
As Eastleigh’s MP, Mims continues offering support to local schools, regularly inviting them to take part in a variety of projects and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org