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Risby Primary School pupil Jacob Severn hailed an 'inspiration to us all' as he completes mission to plant 150 trees



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A Suffolk schoolboy’s plan to plant 150 trees and raise awareness of global warming has been declared a success after he completed his ambitious target.

Jacob Severn, 11, planted trees in the grounds of Sybil Andrews Academy in Bury St Edmunds last week before planting almost 40 trees in his grandparents’ farm at Hitcham, near Stowmarket.

The Risby Primary School pupil started the environmental project and launched an appeal through SuffolkNews for planting locations after watching the David Attenborough ‘Our Planet’ documentary.

Jacob Severn with parents Katie and Paul. Picture: Gooderham PR
Jacob Severn with parents Katie and Paul. Picture: Gooderham PR

Earlier this year, his mission went global after Karen Cannard organised for 10 trees to be planted in Kenya through The Word Forest Organisation.

And it was this link-up that led to Jacob planting trees at Sybil Andrews, where Mrs Cannard is careers advisor.

Jacob, who lives in Ingham and has even donated his pocket money to tree planting schemes, said: “I just wanted to do something to help and it is really exciting that I have now planted more than 150 trees.”

The Severn family with Karen Cannard, careers advisor at Sybil Andrews and Laura Caunter, inclusion officer at Sybil Andrews. Picture: Gooderham PR
The Severn family with Karen Cannard, careers advisor at Sybil Andrews and Laura Caunter, inclusion officer at Sybil Andrews. Picture: Gooderham PR

His mum Katie added: “We are all super proud of Jacob. He got really upset watching the David Attenborough programme and couldn’t understand why we are not doing more to save our planet.

“The tree planting was a simple thing that he could relate to while making a difference.”

Trenica King, headteacher of Sybil Andrews Academy, said the school was delighted to support Jacob achieve his mission.

She added: “More than ever, I think we are all acutely aware of the environment and how our actions today can make a difference for future generations. Jacob is an inspiration to us all.”