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National recognition for school's woodland work

By Kyle Ritchie

Whitehills Primary School has been awarded the gold award by the Woodland Trust.

The accolade is recognition for the school's work in participating in green activities which include planting trees, sharing woodland words and images, reducing carbon dioxide emissions, becoming tree champions, plus other activities.

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.

Whitehills Primary school pupils with their gold award from the Woodland Trust.
Whitehills Primary school pupils with their gold award from the Woodland Trust.

Mandy Milne from the school said: “We are extremely lucky to have an extensive green area which features a large number of well established trees.

"Our raised beds had a beautiful display of spring flowers this year and we are extremely lucky to participate in Forest School in our local woodland which is owned by Seafield Estate.

"Our pupils are eager to begin earning points for the Green Tree Platinum Award.”

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, protecting and restoring ancient woodland for future generations to cherish.

The Green Tree School Award is free for schools to take part in and the Woodland Trust offers free packs of trees to schools.

To find out how schools can become involved, search for woodlandtrust.org.uk/schools

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