Stevenage Giles Nursery and Infants’ School’s eco gold award

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10:00 am November 2, 2021



Inspiring pupils to enjoy, protect and learn from the natural world around them, The Giles Nursery and Infants’ School in Stevenage was awarded a Gold Medal in the Woodland Trust’s Green Tree Schools Award.

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The work of rubbing the bark of the tree
– Source: Courtesy of Rawan Mendel

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Schools earn points for environmental projects such as tree planting. Tasks at Giles included creating animal homes, planting, learning about the environment and reducing the school’s CO2 emissions.


Forest School at Giles Nursery and Children's School in Stevenage

Building houses for animals to live in using natural resources
– Source: Courtesy of Rawan Mendel

School Principal Rowan Mendel said: “Outdoor education is an important part of our curriculum and has become even more valuable in the wake of the pandemic.


Forest School at Giles Nursery and Children's School in Stevenage

Using Art to Inspire Learning – Spirals in the Style of Sculptor Andy Goldsworthy
– Source: Courtesy of Rawan Mendel

“Learning in our beautiful forested space supports our children in developing their scientific knowledge and understanding of environmental issues. It also helps in building relationships, developing self-esteem and self-confidence, as they learn to take risks within safe limits.


Forest School at Giles Nursery and Children's School in Stevenage

chasing tree identification
– Source: Courtesy of Rawan Mendel


Forest School at Giles Nursery and Children's School in Stevenage

Making seed bombs using compostable pots
– Source: Courtesy of Rawan Mendel

“The children have worked hard to achieve this award. We are proud of them.”

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