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Forest Schools

Woodlands Trust Green Tree Schools Award.

In early November 2015, Haig School registered with the Woodlands Trust for their ‘Green Tree Schools Award’. The aim of the award is to encourage children to complete environmental projects and take part in outdoor learning, whilst inspiring them to appreciate trees. We gain points for completing activities and progress through bronze, silver and gold awards to the prestigious platinum level. We recently received our bronze award and are well on our way to silver.

How have we done it?

Haig now has an eco-monitor in each class, responsible for ensuring lights are turned off and energy saved. We recycle paper, ink cartridges, etc. We have taken part in a school assembly about ‘The Man Who Planted Trees’.

But that’s not all.

Year six are taking photos of trees as part of their ICT/science work to be submitted for two more points and FS2 are planning a trip to local woods. We also plan to plant trees in our new Forest Schools area.


You can find out more about the award on the Woodlands Trust website.

Mel Edgley & Lauren Bowe

Haig School Forest Schools Team

Haig School’s Big Dig

Haig School has an area of Mansergh Barracks for its Forest Schools and Outdoor Learning activities. It’s a wonderful space, but needed some improvements before the children could use it – hence ‘The Big Dig’.

On a wet and miserable Friday in February 2016, soldiers from 26reg RA, parents and children from Haig School met at the new site to try and complete some of the improvements needed. It was an incredible morning!

Despite the weather, paths and paved areas were cleared, 6 beds were dug ready for planting in warmer weather and a new fire pit was created along with a woodshed and compost bins. Rubbish bins were positioned and Year 5 started to layout their full sized labyrinth, ready for its completion over the course of the term.

The session ended with a barbeque for everyone who took part.

Our thanks go to ALL who contributed so much to the creation of a wonderful learning environment for our children.

Mel Edgley

Forest Schools Team.