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Woodland Trust Award

Bredon Hill Academy wins top platinum award for Worcestershire

Bredon Hill Academy in Worcestershire 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. Bredon Hill Academy have planted new trees in their school grounds, visited local woods, created a woodland nature trail and joined in various other Woodland Trust activities.

Sara Bankes, Outdoor Learning Lead at Bredon Hill Academy said: 

" Our whole school community have contributed to this award which encourages outdoor learning and inspires pupils to learn about trees, woods and wildlife.

We have been recording and celebrating the trees on our school grounds and in the wider community for a number of years, gaining new identification and measuring skills and building a resource kit to encourage new learners.

We are now working to create a half mile tree trail in our school grounds, with over 200 trees labelled and mapped, and would like to create an ancient tree trail recording some of the giants we find by the footpaths on Bredon Hill.

Congratulations to all involved! "

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