Green activities like tree planting and recycling have earned a Chichester school a gold award.
Kingsham Primary School was praised by the Woodland Trust for getting involved in green activities including visiting a nearby woodland and reducing carbon emissions.
New trees have been planted in the school grounds, in Hay Road, and the children have spent lots of time learning and having fun in their forest area, produced some outdoor-themed art and joined in various other Woodland Trust activities.
Year-four pupil Thomas said: “Last year I was part of the gardening club at school. In gardening club and in some of our lessons at school, we have done loads and loads of really fun things to get our gold award.
“One of the activities we did to get it was Tea with a Tree. The tea cups we used for Tea with a Tree are now being used as bird feeders. I really hope we get our platinum award soon.”
The trust’s Green Tree Schools initiative, which has seen more than 7,000 schools sign up since it was launched in 2008, offers the opportunity to bring the great outdoors, wildlife and green issues into the classroom.
Karen Letten, schools communications manager, 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 is dedicated to creating new woodland with help from communities and schools, and protecting and restoring ancient woodland for future generations to cherish.
The Green Tree Award is free for schools and during 2016, 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
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