St. Joseph’s Primary School has been presented with a gold award by the Woodland Trust for getting involved in green activities.
The Green Tree Schools initiative offers the opportunity to bring the great outdoors, wildlife and green issues into the classroom. The pupils at St. Joseph’s have planted new trees in their school grounds, visited Hamsterley Forest, written poems about the importance of forests and created pieces of artwork to show the beauty of forests.
Mrs Evans, Headteacher, said, “It is so important that children get the time to appreciate wild spaces and learn about the importance of them. Our pupils love being out in nature; they learn so much about the world around them by being immersed in it.”
“We are thrilled to have won gold and we are excited about now working towards achieving platinum. We want to do all we can to help wildlife and plants as they are important,” said one of pupils.
The Woodland Trust’s vision is to see 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, and protecting and restoring ancient woodland for future generations to cherish.