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Risby Primary School pupil Jacob Severn sees his tree planting mission reach across the globe




A 10-year-old boy’s mission to plant 150 trees this year has gone global after an ‘astounding’ response to his appeal for green spaces.

Jacob Severn, of Ingham, has won praise for his green ambition to fight global warming since he reached out to Suffolk News readers last week for locations to plant his trees.

In response, recycling guru Karen Cannard organised for 10 trees to be planted on his behalf in Kenya through charity The Word Forest Organisation.

Jacob Severn, 10, is on a mission to plant 150 trees by the end of 2021. Picture: Mecha Morton
Jacob Severn, 10, is on a mission to plant 150 trees by the end of 2021. Picture: Mecha Morton

She thanked the Risby Primary School pupil for ‘inspiring others with his important mission’ to help fight climate change.

Karen, librarian and careers co-ordinator at Sybil Andrews Academy, said the school had offered space for five trees to help Jacob.

Meanwhile, Jacob has received a range of offers for other locations to plant saplings including at Marham House care home, Bury St Edmunds, Burwell, Honington and the Mildenhall area.

Recycling campaigner Karen Cannard. Picture: Mark Westley
Recycling campaigner Karen Cannard. Picture: Mark Westley

One reader also offered him about 100 young trees for his mission and company Green-Tech is providing guards and stakes for the trees.

Jacob’s mum Katie said they were ‘astounded’ by the response, especially as his mission had now reached Kenya.

“He can’t quite believe it,” she said. “It gives you a lovely warm feeling that people want to support him and see how passionate he is about wanting to make a difference.”

Katie added that if her son was unable to reach 150 himself, he would probably fund his goal through The Word Forest.

Certificate of tree planting for Jacob Severn
Certificate of tree planting for Jacob Severn

He has planted 72 trees since December 2019 – more than half with his own hands – and donated his pocket money to planting schemes.

Tracey West, CEO and fund-raiser of The Word Forest Organisation, said Jacob was a ‘legend in training’ and a ‘fantastic activist for the planet’.

“I hope he goes on to inspire lots of other young people,” she said.

As well as planting trees, the charity builds classrooms, facilitates education, and supports a women’s empowerment group in Kenya and the £2.50 it costs to sponsor a tree also supports these projects.

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