Trees for School

 

Thirteen Staffordshire schools took part in Trees for Schools, a tree planting programme, in the spring of 2016. The programme was sponsored by ENGIE, the majority owner and operator of Rugeley Power Station and delivered by Tanglewood.

The ambition of Trees for Schools was to make a long lasting and beneficial contribution to the education and development of young people by planting trees in school grounds - in the future these developing woodlands will become a focus for Outdoor Learning.

Learning in the school grounds is highly motivating and enables young people to develop new skills and build relationships. It makes young people more engaged with learning and therefore more likely to do well.

Schools were chosen that demonstrated a real interest in promoting learning outdoors:

  • Charnwood Primary School, Lichfield
  • Chase View Community Primary School, Rugeley
  • Churchfield CE Primary School, Rugeley
  • Coton Green Primary School, Tamworth
  • Etching Hill Primary School, Rugeley
  • John Bamford Primary School, Rugeley
  • Rugeley Academies, Rugeley
  • St. Anne's Catholic Primary School, Stafford
  • St. Austin's Catholic Primary School, Lichfield
  • St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Rugeley
  • St Peter and St Paul's Primary, Lichfield
  • Watling Street Primary, Brownhills
  • Western Springs Primary School, Rugeley

To help schools with the tree planting Tanglewood called on the support of members of the Staffordshire Forest Schools Cluster Group, notably education staff from the Forestry Commission and Creative Outdoor Learning. As part of the programme Tanglewood also provided help and advice to the teachers about how they can use their growing woodland in the school curriculum.

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