Willow Bank School receives funding from Merseyorest !

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Willow Bank School in Winwick Road has secured funding from Merseyorest as part of the Green Recovery Challenge.

The funding will be used to develop a forest and outdoor classrooms at the school, with the goal of increasing environmental learning and promoting mental well-being.

Trees have already been planted on the plot, and it is hoped that a seating area will be installed.

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Ian Collins, a teacher at the school, said: “We have a plot of land at the back of the school and I asked Merseyorest if they could come and turn it into a woodland.

“At school, we have children with social, emotional and mental health needs, so getting them out of the classroom and into a natural environment is good for their well-being.

“I teach science, so I can take the class outdoors to learn about practical things, too, like trees, plants, and habitats.

“It’s great as the kids love being outdoors.”

The school has also recently given 100 trees to the students to help with planting.

It is also hoped that the environmental project will encourage students to pursue a career in this field.

Ian added: “We help them with their careers too, so talking to people like Mercyorrest and talking about jobs and how they can do this role, is what I want to bring to young people as well.

Once established, theorest will be an invaluable resource for students to participate inorest School activities, the John Muir Prize, and hands-on science lessons.

“The pupils have been involved in the planting and we hope this will give them a sense of ownership.”

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