Nurturing a love of trees has seen Golborne St Thomas’s C of E Junior and Infant School recognised by the Woodland Trust.
Pupils and staff at the school on Church Street, Golborne, have been busy planting trees at school, visiting local woodlands, reducing their carbon emissions and increasing their recycling.
It was all part of the school’s participation in The Green Tree Schools initiative, alongside 7,000 schools across the country. It aims to bring the great outdoors, wildlife and green issues into the classroom – and fits well with Golborne St Thomas’s commitment to outdoor learning, too.
Schools win awards for participating in green activities, which include tree planting, reducing carbon emissions and recycling. And Golborne St Thomas’ has embraced the project so much that they have scooped the Gold award for their efforts.
Karen Letten from the Woodland Trust said: “The scheme promotes a range of opportunities, each designed to stimulate a child’s imagination and sustain their interest in woods and trees.
“The achievements of the school are recognised through an awards scheme in which they receive points for taking part in activities. As they reach milestones within the project they will receive bronze, silver and finally an attractive wooden plaque which acknowledges they’ve achieved the environmental accolade of a gold award.”
The Woodland Trust’s vision is a UK rich in woods and trees, enjoyed by everyone. The charity is dedicated to creating new woodland with help from communities and schools, and protecting and restoring ancient woodland for future generations to cherish.
Mrs Woods, Headteacher of Golborne St Thomas’s, said “I am incredibly proud of our eco-warriors who have worked really hard and have achieved so much over the last year. This award is thoroughly deserved.”
The Green Tree Award is free for schools to take part in, and during 2017 the Woodland Trust is also offering free packs of trees to schools. Schools who are interested in taking part can find out more at woodlandtrust.org.uk/schools.
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