Cedar Park Day Nursery children become Woodland Ambassadors
There was cause for celebration at Cedar Park Day Nursery in Twyford as delighted children and practitioners were named as ‘Woodland Ambassadors’, following a series of eco-themed challenges to showcase the importance of caring for the planet as part of the Woodland Trust ‘Green Tree Schools’ scheme.
After completing the three-step programme, which included making a visual display, putting on a performance and discussing why trees are a vital part of our eco-system, the accolade was given to the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Bridge Farm Road, who are now close to earning the initiatives prestigious ‘Platinum’ award.
There are currently more than 12,000 schools taking part in the Woodland Trust initiative, which sees children take part in projects in exchange for points. This also links to the nursery’s work alongside Eco-Schools, for which they have earnt a prestigious ‘Green Flag’ award for exceptional environmental practices at the setting.
Cedar Park is already the proud home to a two and a half acre Forest School, which will be expanded in November with the help of a special tree pack. This includes a small hedge and copse of trees, both individually made up of thirty saplings, which children and colleagues will plant to develop the area, in line with the programme.
Cedar Park Day Nursery Deputy to Area Manager, Rachael Main explained;
“We have had a brilliant time spreading the word on why caring for the environment is so important and are delighted to be named as Woodland Ambassadors. Not only has this been a hugely engaging way of teaching the children about the importance of trees to both wildlife and people, but provided the opportunity for us to teach the children about the types of trees we have on our own grounds at Cedar Park.”