A primary school in the heart of Putney Common has been awarded with a bronze award by the Woodland Trust for their part in completing some wonderful eco-friendly work in the environment.
The scheme promotes a range of opportunities, each designed to stimulate a child’s imagination and sustain their interest in woods and trees.
Oasis Academy Putney in Lower Richmond has won The Green Tree Schools Award for its part in getting involved in green activities such as tree planting, visiting local woodland, reducing carbon emissions, and recycling.
Established in 1972, the Woodland Trust now has over 1,000 sites in its care covering over 22,500 hectares.
The Green Tree 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.
An enthusiastic Year 1 Pupil at Oasis Academy Putney, said; “I like discovering new plants and seeing wildlife. I like working in groups to make sculptures with sticks and dens for the animals.”
Schools win awards for participating in green activities, which include tree planting, reducing carbon emissions and recycling. Oasis Academy Putney has planted new trees in their school grounds, visited local woods, reduced their carbon emissions and joined in various other Woodland Trust activities.
Jenny Parris, Principal of Oasis Academy Putney, commented on the award saying; “We are delighted to receive this prestigious award, which demonstrates the value we place on learning in the outdoors.”
“We feel fortunate to have beautiful woodland space on our doorstep and are continuing to invest time and resources in order to maximise the learning potential but also demonstrate to children that we need to take great care of our outdoor environment.”
“The pupils’ and staff’s hard work and dedication has resulted in them receiving the Woodland Trust Bronze Award and we will surely now be aiming for the silver award in the future.”
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.
Karen Letten, Schools & Communities Engagement Manager at the Woodlands Trust, added; “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 and silver certificates and then an attractive wooden plaque which acknowledges they’ve achieved the environmental accolade of a bronze award."
“I hope Oasis Academy Putney will now consider going for our next accolade, the prestigious silver award.”
The Green Tree Schools Award is free for schools to take part in, and the Woodland Trust is also offering free packs of trees to schools. Find out how your academy can get involved at woodlandtrust.org.uk/schools.