When your school reaches the gold level on the Green Tree Schools Award, you automatically unlock two bonus projects. These activities provide engaging opportunities for outdoor learning and will help you work towards your platinum award.

The platinum projects are worth five points each. You can do them in any order but we suggest you complete them at different times of the year to allow your pupils to explore the changing seasons.

You can chart your progress using the platinum projects checklist in your online account. You'll receive your platinum award once you’ve completed both platinum challenges and collected 30 points in total. You'll be able to download your school's platinum certificate and we'll send you a badge to upgrade your school plaque so you can showcase your achievement.

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A woodland perspective

This project helps pupils explore the world from different viewpoints. There are three parts – a pre-visit exercise, a woodland visit, and a post-visit activity.

In the wood, use your viewfinder (template available in the resource below) to look at the environment from different perspectives. This might be lying on your tummy to get a bug’s eye view, or climbing up high to see how a bird sees the world.

Back in the classroom it’s time to celebrate the different views they’ve found with some imaginative artwork in a variety of media.

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Wild trails

This project encourages pupils to create and map personal trails around a local wood, with a focus on the animals and plants that live there. Back in the classroom they can work together to create a class trail to share with the rest of the school.

How to claim your points

Each platinum challenge is worth five points on our award - 10 points in total. To claim your points, show us how you've completed each project. This could be photos, audio, video etc.

Email your evidence to learning@woodlandtrust.org.uk with the subject line 'Platinum woodland perspective' or 'Platinum wild trails'.

We’ll give you five points for each project after we receive your evidence (usually within two weeks).

How we use quotes and photos

We like to use comments and photos from schools to inspire other teachers and young people about outdoor learning. With your permission, they could appear on our award materials, website, press releases and social media.

You can find out more about how we use and look after your personal information in our privacy policy.


If you're happy for us to share your quotes and photos as outlined above, please include the following permission statements in your email:

  • We confirm we have permission from the photographer to submit these photos and use them for the purposes stated.
  • We confirm we have permission from pupils' parents/guardians to share their photos, comments and names and use them for the purposes stated.

If you'd rather we didn't share them, please include the following statement in your email:

  • We would prefer that our photos and comments are not used for the purposes stated.

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