TG Escapes partners with EcoMatcher
TG Escapes design and build low energy buildings using sustainable materials and efficient construction methods to create spaces that connect to the outdoors. In 2018 they were contracted by Tops Day Nurseries to create a 32 place preschool building, within the grounds of the existing Lakeside Nursery in Portsmouth.
This month they announce their support of customers in the education sector by launching a tree planting scheme partnering with EcoMatcher.
For every school that receives a free proposal for a new building, TG Escapes will fund the planting of 10 trees which will then be gifted to the school, along with a free Tree Pack. The Tree Pack contains lesson plans and materials, posters, badges and acorns to plant, all designed to help educate students about the importance of sustainability.
With every order for a building, they commit to planting a ‘forest’ of between 200 and 1000 trees (depending upon the size and type of school) which will again be gifted.
Tops Day Nurseries preschool building at Lakeside Nursery in Portsmouth.
Each tree planted under the EcoMatcher scheme is recorded by an app which logs the location and date of planting and includes a picture of both the tree and the farmer taking care of it. Once a school has become the custodian of some trees, the students will be able to virtually travel to them using Treetracker, an app and web application utilising amazing satellite maps, allowing the children to see the trees and even ‘chat’ to them.
TG Escapes has chosen to adopt and gift trees in Uganda, where the deforestation has occurred both recently and rampantly; if it continues at the current rate, there will be no forest left in just 40 years. The local partner is TAU (Tree Adoption Uganda) which is youth led and aimed at tackling both the issues of climate change and youth unemployment.
The project has three aims, which should resonate strongly as the threat of climate change looms ever closer:
- To engage students in the challenges facing the planet and increase their awareness of the need for sustainable living
- To help support schools in their Rights Respecting Schools agenda by supporting farmers and their families in Uganda
- To offset a proportion of a school’s carbon emissions – each tree will absorb 250Kg of CO2 over its lifetime