Kirkby Woodhouse Primary School in line for green award

A KIRKBY primary school is in the running for a top environmental award for its work in creating a woodland walk.

Kirkby Woodhouse Primary School is one of three from around the county to put itself forward for the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s Green Guardians Award and is now in with a chance of winning £1,000 along with a tailor-made ‘greening’ package.

Over the past year, children have been learning about wildlife conservation and the environment after an overgrown woodland in the grounds of the school was transformed into a woodland walk.

The walk has log seating, tree ring samples and a range of habitat provisions for birds, bugs and mini-beasts.

They also use the area as an outdoor classroom - and plan to create a small, woodland amphitheatre.

Wildlife Trust spokesman Erin McDaid said: “Every year the awards recognise local people’s efforts to help protect the environment and the early applications are very strong.

“There is still time for individuals, groups and businesses to put themselves, or others, forward for an award.

“We are looking forward to seeing the new applications because they are always full of exciting ideas and inspiring stories.

“If you’re helping the environment then tell us about it, we just need to know what you’re doing and we will take care of the rest.”

The competition is open to any individuals, schools, community groups and businesses who have done their bit for the environment.

One of the previous winners includes Wendy Radford, from Cedar Wildlife Sanctuary in Kirkby, who was named Environmentalist of the Year in 2009.

Wendy has run the sanctuary for more than 20 years and is well-known for the work she does for wildlife along with her partner Phil Else.

The closing date for applications this year is 3rd October. To nominate or enter the competition visit www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org or call 0115 958 8242.