The Woodland Trust is encouraging more schools to get involved in its Green Tree school awards, offering free advice and support to help get more pupils outdoors.
The awards, which have been running for eight years, encourages pupils to visit woodlands, plant trees and take photographs of nature. They then earn medals, from bronze through to platinum, for the activities they complete.
The charity has recently recruited three woodland learning officers in North Yorkshire, Co Durham and Hertfordshire, who will work with local schools on the importance of nature, and help them to get involved with the award scheme.
The three locations are all close to trust sites, including Hertfordshire’s Heartwood Forest, which has more than 850 acres of woodland.
Karen Letten, schools and families engagement manager at the trust, said: “We will be targeting 3,000 extra schools with this extra level of support.
“As a charity, we are passionate about protecting the beautiful woods that we have and one way to keep preserving these environments is by inspiring a new generation of new nature lovers.”