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Risby Primary School pupil, 10, appeals for outdoor spaces in his mission to plant 150 trees to help save the planet




A 10-year-old boy ‘frustrated and bewildered’ by global warming is on a mission to save the planet by planting 150 trees by the end of the year - and is appealing for help.

Jacob Severn, of Ingham, has so far planted 72 trees since December 2019 - more than half with his own hands - after collecting saplings he discovered or bought as well as some he asked for as Christmas presents.

The Risby Primary School pupil has also donated his pocket money to tree planting schemes run by charities such as The Woodland Trust to help reach his total.

Jacob Severn, 10, is on a mission to plant 150 trees by the end of 2021 - he has already planted 72 and is appealing for spaces to plant the rest. Picture: Mecha Morton
Jacob Severn, 10, is on a mission to plant 150 trees by the end of 2021 - he has already planted 72 and is appealing for spaces to plant the rest. Picture: Mecha Morton

He has planted the trees including cherry, oak, maple, ash and beech at his grandparents Roger and Sylvia Saunders’ farm in Hitcham but is now appealing for outdoor spaces so he can complete his mission.

Jacob said: "I am willing to pay for and plant the rest of the trees anywhere in the Bury St Edmunds area or wider Suffolk.

"All I need is the space to plant them. If anyone can provide outdoor spaces for me to plant them such as schools, nursing home gardens etc that would be amazing.

Jacob has planted trees at his grandparents' farm
Jacob has planted trees at his grandparents' farm

"I would plant and put in any protection, all they would need to do is water them. I would love to support other charities and maybe make this an even bigger mission in the future.

"I simply want to stop deforestation, plant more trees and do all I can to protect our planet."

Jacob's mum Katie said he took action after becoming 'frustrated and bewildered' at the suffering and damage caused to the planet.

Passionate about nature, during lockdown he joined his dad Paul, a photographer, for walks at Lackford Lakes where they enjoyed bird watching and taking pictures of wildlife.

He started his mission in December 2019
He started his mission in December 2019

He also visits his grandparents' farm to take care of the trees and has cultivated his own vegetable patch there.

Jacob, who also plays golf, added: "Without trees we wouldn't be here. They support lots of eco-systems."

Katie said she was amazed by her son's actions and consideration for the planet

"It's something he talks about all the time," she said. "It's got to the point where I feel like I need to help him because there's only so much you can do when you're 10.

"He's bewildered by what's been done to the planet. Children see the result of all that - it's very hard for them to get their head around. Inevitably they're going to be the ones to have to sort it out."

If you can help Jacob, email news@buryfreepress.co.uk

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