Organisations that can help you take action

There are lots of organisations that can help you take action in your school grounds. Take a look at the help available and discover what other schools are doing.

The Tree Council brings everyone together with a shared mission to care for trees and our planet’s future. They inspire and empower organisations, government, communities and individuals with the knowledge and tools to create positive, lasting change at a national and local level. 

They offer an extensive programme for schools as well as an exciting #ForceforNature campaign, encouraging children to stand up for trees and the natural world. Through their Orchards for Schools programme, The Tree Council provide free, bespoke training, resources and tree and hedgerow packs to enable children and teachers to grow their connections, knowledge, skills and passion for trees and nature while improving the treescape and biodiversity on their school grounds. The Young Tree Champion Ambassador programme helps children and teachers to build their confidence and creative abilities so that they can speak up and share their passion for being a ‘Force for Nature’ in their local communities and beyond. To find out more, visit The Tree Council Schools Webpage. 

For over 30 years, WWF has been working with teachers and schools to provide a wide range of topical classroom resources and real-world activities to engage and inspire young people. Over 10,000 UK schools participate in their education programmes and they have a wide range of climate change resources, species and food growing activities to inspire pupils. Their work with schools is part of their mission to build a brighter future for both people and nature. 

Learning through Landscapes is the UK’s leading outdoor learning and play charity. For over 30 years, they have worked closely with educators to champion outdoor learning and play in every school day, enriching the curriculum, fostering a deeper connection to nature, and promoting good health and wellbeing for all learners.

Through their training, resources, and grants, Learning through Landscapes supports educators to make the most of their outdoor spaces, helping every child enjoy the benefits of more time outdoors. Additionally, through consultation work and projects like Climate Ready School Grounds, they help schools to address the impacts of climate change in their grounds while creating inspiring outdoor environments for learning and play.

Wildlife Aid Foundation launched their environmental outreach initiative, iDot, which empowers people to help tackle issues facing British wildlife and the wider natural environment. Aptly named “I Do One Thing”, the initiative encourages children and adults to carry out simple daily actions that support wildlife and protect the environment. By joining the iDot movement, you become part of a greater community creating change for the good of nature. 

Book an assembly/talk today with the Wildlife Aid Foundation’s iDot Engagement Officer. They offer both remote and in person presentations and assemblies on the work of the charity, with informative suggestions of how you and your school/group can help play its part in protecting the UK’s extraordinary wildlife. 

Regions they work in: Surrey, England otherwise can offer remote sessions 

JUST ONE Tree provides free environmental resources to schools and helps pupils to connect with their natural world on both a local and global scale. 

Their JUST ONE Tree Day in October is a yearly non-uniform event enjoyed by schools around the world. It reduces climate anxiety, empowers through positive action, drives reforestation and raises climate awareness. For every £1 raised a tree is planted where it’s needed the most. With our free teaching resources and information, it’s an easy way for schools to support students to learn, feel empowered and have fun. It also costs nothing for schools to take part. If you’re part of a teaching trust or group of schools, they can also come and talk at an assembly or provide a video. Get in touch for more info. 

The award-winning JUST ONE Tree focuses on removing CO2 from the atmosphere and reversing biodiversity loss through global reforestation. Working across both land and oceans, they empower local communities, shape the next generation of planet-conscious thinkers and are proud partners of the UN’s Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

Need Inspiration?

Find out how schools around the UK are taking action on climate change

Watch our Webinar on Biodiversity and School Grounds for further advice and guidance.

Here is the running order in case you want to skip to a certain section:

  • 0 – 5mins – Alex Green, School Programme Manager, update on Let’s Go Zero
  • 10 – 21mins – Jo Pettifer, Sustainability Project Coordinator, St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust
  • 21 – 34.5mins – Richard Pollard, National Schools Programme Manager at The Tree Council 
  • 34.5 – 53mins – Matt Larsen-Daw, Head of Education at WWF UK
  • 53 mins – end Final Q+A/ closing remarks

Schools are also advised to contact your local authority to see what they offer in terms of support.

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