St James’ in Lower Darwen has been awarded a prestigious platinum award by the Woodland Trust for getting involved in green activities including tree planting, visiting a local woodland, reducing carbon emissions and being a woodland ambassador.
The Green Tree Schools initiative, which has seen more than 12,000 schools sign up since it was launched in 2008 offers the opportunity to bring the great outdoors, wildlife and green issues into the classroom.
Schools win awards for participating in green activities, both in and out of the classroom. St James’ has planted new trees and hedgerows in their school grounds, visited local woods, created a woodland nature trails and joined in many other Woodland Trust activities.
Dan Theobalds, Headteacher from St James’ Lower Darwen CE Primary School said:
“We are delighted to have received this latest award from the Woodland Trust. It is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our staff and the enthusiasm and passion of our children. The work school has undertaken is a key part of our programme of Outdoor learning and is important in helping our children understand the world around them and the importance of ecological issues that may impact them in the future.“
Karen Letten, Woodland Trust schools and communities engagement manager, added:
“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 at gold an attractive wooden plaque which acknowledges this environmental accolade. Only a handful of schools have moved on to achieve platinum, making this a huge accomplishment for the school.”
The Woodland Trust’s vision is for a UK rich in native woods and trees for people and wildlife. The charity is dedicated to creating new woodland with help from communities and schools, as well as protecting and restoring ancient woodland for future generations to cherish.
The Green Tree Schools Award is free to take part in and the Woodland Trust is also offering free packs of trees to schools. Find out how your school can get involved at woodlandtrust.org.uk/schools