Forest School Wins Woodland Trust Gold Award

St Francis School is celebrating after receiving a gold award from the Woodland Trust for getting involved in green activities including tree planting, reducing carbon emissions and recycling.


The Green 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.

Pupils visited their own and other woodlands on ancient tree hunts (guessing the ages of the trees as well as identifying them) and helped look after their own environment by removing litter from the school’s woodland and recycling. The children became nature detectives looking for specific objects, flora and fauna during the different seasons to learn more about the woodland and the special environment it provides.

Miss Felicity Couse, Kindling Forest School Leader said “This is a fantastic achievement for St Francis. The ‘Green Tree Schools Award’ recognises the work schools do to help learn about and care for our woodlands within the local community and nationally. It also helps our pupils learn about important green issues. We are now working towards our Platinum award!”