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May 01 2018

Tree Tools for Schools goes live!

A growing desire from schools to plant trees has led the Woodland Trust to launch a new resource for teachers.

Tree Tools for Schools has been funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to help teachers work out the best number and types of tree to order and where to plant them under the Trust’s free tree scheme.

There’s an interactive planning tool, games, quizzes and printable worksheets, all aimed at making lesson planning a doddle. There’s also a section on after care including a simulation showing how the trees will grow over ten years and the management they will need each season.

Everything is curriculum-linked and teachers can search by key stage or subject, making it easy to teach children about the multiple benefits trees provide for people, wildlife and the environment.

Whilst designed for schools, we also think this will be a great resource for community groups too! Volunteers supporting these groups will find lots of helpful resources to aid planting days, care advice, and inspiring activities.

Woodland Trust Schools and Community Engagement Manager Karen Letten said:

“More and more teachers are seeing the benefits of taking the classroom outdoors. Thousands of teachers apply for our free tree packs each year but they don’t always have an appreciation of the number or type they need for the available space. The new online resource can remedy that while at the same time engaging the whole class in the process, letting them mix mud and maths or planting and poetry.”

The resource will be live at from Tuesday the 1st of May and available to all volunteers, schools and community groups.

1 Comment
  • Jillian Donnachie

    Take a look at the resource at :
    It’s aligned to the English curriculum but the handy ‘activity finder’ tool lets you search by topic so it’s easy to see at a glance what’s available. Do recommend to schools or group leaders – there’s something for everyone interested in nature not just young kids planting trees!

    May 10, 2018 at 2:54 pm

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