Butterflies Private Day Nursery, in Birkenhead, has received a gold award from the Woodland Trust after taking part in a string of green activities, including the planting of new trees, fruits and vegetables; as well as visiting local woodlands, recycling and reducing their carbon emissions.
Green Tree Schools is an initiative that was set up in 2008, and it rewards educational centres for their eco-friendly activities.
Lynette Bonner, the nursery’s manager, said to Wirral Globe: “At Butterflies, we’ve always appreciated the fun and learning opportunities provided to our children when they can explore and engage with nature.
“It’s one of the reasons we have our very own little explorer’s nature discovery room.
“This scheme has been a fabulous experience for all our children and staff, and we’re absolutely delighted to have achieved our gold award.”
Woodland Trust aspires to create new woodland areas as well as protecting and restoring existing woodlands with the help from the community for future generations to enjoy.
Woodland Trust schools and communities engagement manager, Karen Letten, said to Wirral Globe: “The scheme promotes a range of opportunities, each designed to stimulate a child’s imagination and sustain their interest in woods and trees.
“The achievements of the nursery 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 and silver certificates and then an attractive wooden plaque which acknowledges they’ve achieved the environmental accolade of a gold award.
“I hope Butterflies Private Day Nursery will now consider going for our next accolade, the prestigious platinum award.”
The Green Tree School Award is free to take part in. You can find out more information at: woodlandtrust.org.uk/schools.