Belhaven Hill School

A Boarding & Day School for Boys and Girls aged 6-13

Great Green Wall Walk Success

Great Green Wall Walk Information

Great Green Wall Walk

On Saturday, 21st November, children and staff at Belhaven Hill School took part in a sponsored walk along the Dunbar coastline for the Great Green Wall, raising a significant sum for Tree Aid. The charity is planting an 8,000km wall of trees across North Africa, from east to west, to stop the spread of the Sahara Desert.

The ambitious project also aims to transform the lives of millions of people.

‘The Great Green Wall is one of the most urgent movements of our time. In the Sahel region of Africa where we work, people live with the effects of the climate crisis every day. Across all of Tree Aid’s projects we grow trees, restore land, and create green jobs in support of the Great Green Wall. Our ongoing contribution to this movement of change is providing futures for millions of people living in poverty. Together we have the power to tackle the devastating effects of the climate crisis and desertification.’

The whole school community managed to raise £4,810, an incredible amount, thanks to the generosity of friends and families of our pupils.

The youngest children walked 2km from Dunbar swimming pool back to the school grounds in Dunbar with older year-groups walking progressively further. The oldest children walked from Torness Power Station back to the school in Dunbar, hugging the coastal path all the way, a distance of just over 13kms.

A group of 11 children chose to run the 13km despite the blustery conditions; the quickest runners, Jack and Harry making it in 1h 11 minutes!

Mme Brodie, Head of French at Belhaven and head of the school’s Charity Club, was delighted with how enthusiastic the children were and the amount of money raised for Tree Aid: “The children got together themselves to decide how to go about raising some money and then researched and chose which charity to donate to,” she said.

“I think they have done an amazing job. It is important for them to realize how fortunate they are and how they can actively help others.”

The Headmaster, Mr Olly Langton, added: “In a term starved of whole school events, it was an absolute joy to see everyone involved in the sponsored walk. The walk was brilliantly masterminded by Mme Brodie and Mr Pook, Head of Computing and Outdoor Education. They dealt with the logistical challenges of maintaining the bubbles and creating a challenging but enjoyable experience.

“All the boys and girls completed their allotted distance despite an untimely hailstorm at the precise moment when all of them were out on the route at the same time!”

Tree Aid provides the trees, supplies, training and equipment for the Great Green Wall. The ambitious project aims to plant a wall of trees across central Africa to help prevent further desertification and halt the spread of the Sahara. The project began in 2007 and to date, over 20 million trees have been planted, changing the local landscape but also providing jobs and livelihoods for thousands of local villagers.

A huge thank you to all the pupils for taking part and to all the families and friends for their support.

If you would like to donate to the Great Green Wall, please go to this JustGiving page at: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/belhavenhillschool

You can find out more about Tree Aid at: https://www.treeaid.org/