Trees for Schools
In 2015 the Education Team at Rugeley Power Station successfully secured funding from Engie, who own and operate the Station, for the Trees for Schools programme. The award is part of an initiative by Engie to provide funding to programmes that benefit communities in which they operate.
What is the aim of Tree for Schools?
The ambition of Trees for Schools is 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 the developing woodland 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.
How were schools selected?
Schools were invited to take part in the autumn of 2015. Twelve schools were chosen based on their proximity to Rugeley, their willingness to embrace outdoor learning in the curriculum and the number of pupil premium children at the school.
Each school will take part in a tree planting day in February and March 2016 with the assistance of a Tanglewood Education Officer. Tanglewood will also provided them with advice and support on how to integrate their growing woodland into the school curriculum. Creative Outdoor Learning will be supplying and installing log seating circles at all the schools as well as offering advice on aftercare of the new trees. The Forestry Commission on Cannock Chase also supported the scheme by helping to supply many of the logs for the seating areas at the schools.
Congratulations to the following schools who have successfully applied to take part:-
The John Bamford School, Rugeley
Chase View Primary School, Rugeley
Western Springs Primary School, Rugeley
Churchfield Primary School, Rugeley
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, Rugeley
Etching Hill Primary, Rugeley
Rugeley Academies, Rugeley
St Austin’s Catholic Primary, Stafford
St Anne’s Primary, Stafford
St Peter and St Paul’s Primary, Lichfield
Watling Street Primary, Brownhills
Coton Green Primary, Tamworth
Charnwood Primary, Lichfield
If you are interested in promoting outdoor learning at your school please check out the following links for organisations who helped to supported and delivered the Trees for Schools Programme:-
- Staffordshire Forest Schools Cluster Group www.staffordshireforestschools.org — run a free water-proof loan scheme and a support network for those looking into or already running a forest school. Please take a look at the website for further information on forest school settings in Staffordshire and other providers of forest school services.
- Tanglewood www.tanglewooddays.com — Promotes exciting and memorable outdoor learning and play opportunities in Staffordshire and Derbyshire.
- Creative Outdoor Learning — http://www.creativeoutdoorlearning.co.uk/ Outdoor learning provider based in Lichfield
- Forestry Commission — http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-9fbhtg Cannock Forest Learning Team based at Birches Valley