Poolsbrook Primary Academy children plant 30 trees donated by The Woodland Trust

Trees are latest addition in plans for outdoor learning and Forest School provision to start in September.

Children at Poolsbrook Primary Academy have planted 30 trees on their school grounds following a successful request to The Woodland Trust.

Poolsbrook Primary Academy children plant 30 trees donated by The Woodland Trust

Nicola Cross is the Pastoral Manager at Poolsbrook Primary Academy, and she said the school was grateful for the donation. "I have recently been lucky enough to attend Forest School training with a view to having our own Forest School at Poolsbrook to start in September 2021.

"To help toward this new venture we started to develop our designated area on site into a Forest School area for all children to access. I applied to the Woodland Trust for a tree donation, and we were delighted when they offered the school 30 trees in total, a mixture of Rowan, Silver Birch and Cherry trees.”

Nicola says that children from every class helped to plant the tress and will also help to nurture and protect the saplings as they grow. "We hope that children will develop a sense of responsibility for the trees. Furthermore, as plans take shape, we know that children will have the opportunity to gain confidence and resilience and learn about nature through the Forest School programme.”

The school is fortunate to have an abundance of green space, but Nicola says she hopes that by careful planning, their new ventures will bring more wildlife into school grounds. "This is not only for the benefit of wildlife, but also a fantastic learning resource for children both now and into the future. We hope that as the trees grow and develop that they will bring benefit to children and the school community for generations to come.”

Nicola says the whole school is looking forward to developing its outdoor learning facilities. "It is an incredible opportunity for the children of Poolsbrook to have access to child led learning, in a safe outdoor environment. It will promote children’s confidence and resilience and promote social and emotional skills that they can take with them through life. We are all looking forward to the benefits and we are all very excited to be a part of it!”

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