Truro Prep School has become the first school in Cornwall to receive the Woodland Trust’s Gold Award after taking part in the ‘Green Tree Schools’ initiative.
With over 7,000 schools signed up to the initiative since it launched in 2008, Sarah Patterson, Head of Truro Prep, was beaming with delight as she was presented with the plaque on Monday 12 June.
The project saw green-fingered students from all year groups get involved in green activities including tree planting, visiting a woodland, reducing carbon emissions and recycling.
Karen Letten, Woodland Trust schools communications manager, explained:
“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.”
Pupils in the Pre-Prep have been busy planting trees within their Enchanted Garden during Forest School lessons, with students from Year 6 actively involved in teaching their younger schoolmates how to look after the environment.
Sarah Hudson, Head of Truro Pre-Prep, said:
“I’m really proud to see our young pupils taking such an active interest in the world around them. I think raising awareness at this age is so important for the future of our planet and if we can get them contributing towards reducing things like carbon emissions now, it really sets them on the right path for the future. We are now more motivated than ever now to work towards the coveted Platinum Award!”
We believe passionately in the benefits of Forest School and outdoor learning. It is our aim to instil a love and passion for the great outdoors in each and every one of our pupils. To find out more about the Forest School provision at Truro Prep, please visit our Forest School page.