CARISBROOKE College students have committed to improving their carbon footprint over the next five years by planting 600 trees.

120 silver birch trees have been planted at the front of the school to form 'Carisbrooke Copse'.

Last year, the school’s student council agreed to do something to help fight climate change and reduce the school’s carbon footprint.

They came up with a plan to plant 120 trees at the start of the school year for the next five years.

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Carisbrooke College student council with head of school, Miss Begley, and librarian/student council link member of staff, Ms Ryan, at Carisbrooke Copse.

Year 7 students, each year, will learn about the importance of planting more trees in the world, and the total number of trees planted will eventually represent the 600 children in the school.

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A spokesperson for Carisbrooke College said: "As trees grow, they absorb and store the carbon dioxide emissions driving global warming.

"The 600 trees at the school will absorb approximately 60 tonnes of CO2.

"Not only are the trees generally good for the environment, they also enhance the area’s natural aesthetic, benefitting everyone in the local community."

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