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Nature boost for thousands of children

New woodland officers set to encourage a new generation of nature lovers.

Thanks to funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery we have recruited three new woodland officers. The officers will be based in three regions; North Yorkshire, County Durham and Hertfordshire. They will work with schools to educate teachers and pupils on the importance of trees and nature, as well as inspiring them to visit woods and plant trees on their grounds.

We are passionate about protecting the beautiful woods that we have and one way to keep preserving these environments is by inspiring a new generation of nature lovers
Karen Letten, Schools and Communities Engagement Manager

The woodland officers will offer specialist advice, support and encouragement to schools to get their pupils involved in the outdoors.

Schools nationwide are also encouraged to enter our Green Tree School Awards. Each school can gain points for completing activities, such as tree planting, and progress through bronze, silver and gold levels to the prestigious platinum award.

Our Schools and Communities Engagement Manager, Karen Letten, said:

”Our Green Tree School Awards have been running for eight years and we have over 8,500 schools across the country taking part. However, we saw a unique opportunity to reach out to a number of new schools through the new woodland learning officers.

We will be targeting 3,000 schools throughout the three regions and will offer varying levels of specialist support, guidance and inspiration. We chose these three areas due to their proximity to some of our greatest woods, such as Heartwood, in Hertfordshire, and Skipton Castle Woods, in North Yorkshire.

Schools will be given new found support, guidance and inspiration.  As a charity, we are passionate about protecting the beautiful woods that we have and one way to keep preserving these environments is by inspiring a new generation of nature lovers. The Green Tree School Awards does just that and it is always quite a big achievement for a school to reach platinum level - just 48 schools have done so!"

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery said:

“We’re delighted our players are supporting the work of the Woodland Trust by encouraging outdoor learning and helping teachers inspire their pupils about woods, trees and wildlife."

Find out more about the Green Tree School Awards