PUPILS at a St Leonards school have been praised for their environmentally friendly activities with an award.
Robsack Wood School, in Whatlington Way, received a gold award from the Woodland Trust for getting involved in activities such as tree planting, reducing carbon emissions and recycling.
The Green Tree Schools initiative, which has seen more than 4,600 schools sign up since it was launched in 2008 offers schools the opportunity to bring the great outdoors, the world of wildlife and green issues into the classroom.
Robsack Wood has planted new trees in the school grounds and the children have grown plants from seeds, as well as recycling Christmas cards, visiting woods, making shelters for animals to live in, reducing their carbon emissions and joining in various other Woodland Trust activities.
Alex Reed, year five teacher, said: “It has been great to be part of this award. The children have thoroughly enjoyed spending more time outside and taking part in the range of activities offered by the Woodland Trust. They have become more understanding of their environment which has led to them taking more pride in it.”
Karen Letten, Woodland Trust schools development officer, added: “The scheme promotes a range of opportunities, each designed to stimulate a child’s imagination and sustain their interest in nature.
“The achievements of the school are recognised through an awards scheme in which they receive points for taking part in activities.
“As they reach milestones within the project they will receive bronze, silver and finally an attractive wooden plaque.”