Trust offers children chance to win wildlife area for their school

Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust has launched a competition offering three Leicester city primary schools the exciting opportunity to have a wild area created in their grounds.

The ‘My Wild Life Adventure Competition’ is one of the many exciting activities organised by the Trust’s Wild Forest School Project that will run during 2015 thanks to valuable funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

All Leicester city primary schools are invited to submit a design of a Forest School or wildlife area that they would like to have created in their grounds. The judges’ three favourite designs will then be turned into a reality by the Trust’s Grow Wild gardeners.

Wild Forest School Project Co-ordinator, Martha Rose, said: “We want the children to really use their imaginations with their designs, the more inventive the better! Perhaps you’ve got a great idea for a home for all those creepy crawlies or maybe you want to design a special place for Forest School activities. 

“There are lots of ways you can submit your entries. Designs can be drawn on paper, built into a 3-D model, or even made into a short film or animation.”

Each winning school’s wildlife area will be allocated £3,500, so teachers will need to take this into account when pupils are coming up with their designs.

Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust recently received valuable funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, enabling it to establish the Wild Forest School Project and subsequently run a number of exciting activities. 

Other activities include Forest School sessions with children from ten Leicester primary schools and two Wild Tots pre-school groups are about to start.

The project aims to provide fun and engaging activities for children in Leicester to explore outdoor spaces and learn about nature. These kinds of opportunities are particularly important in urban areas, where chances to explore nature may be limited.

To enter the My Wild Life Adventure Competition, or find out more about the Forest School Project, visit www.wildforestschool.org.uk

Photograph: c. Helen Walsh

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