The Royal Forestry Society’s Teaching Trees programme is expanding again with the appointment of two highly qualified Education Officers – one to build on its success in Northumberland, and the other to launch new Teaching Trees sessions in Cumbria.
The new appointments follow the launch of Teaching Trees, Herefordshire and Worcestershire earlier this year and mean the project now operates across nine counties, with plans for further expansion next year.
Sara Brown, from Cockermouth, will be the RFS’s first Teaching Trees Education Officer in Cumbria, taking school groups to woodlands such as the beautiful Lowther Estate.
Sara is a former teacher and has extensive experience delivering forest education at Whinlatter Forest Park and in volunteer roles at Cumbria Wildlife Trust and her local primary school.
In Northumbria, Jessica Lloyd, a qualified primary school teacher and a former People and Wildlife Officer at Northumberland Wildlife Trust, will be following in the footsteps of Peter Lowes who retired from Teaching Trees after 15 years in the role. She will be delivering Teaching Trees at Shiellow Woods near Belford and Shotley Hall Estate at Shotley Bridge and at other venues.
Both have excellent woodland knowledge and a great deal of enthusiasm for their subject.
Teaching Trees aims to excite and inspire primary school children with free two-hour sessions in local woods focussing on local woodland heritage and the importance of woodlands and trees to today’s and future generations. It is funded thanks to the generosity of RFS Members and other donors.
RFS Teaching Trees Manager Corinne Moss says: “Teaching Trees enables thousands of children every year to get out and enjoy their local woodlands. Through creative and engaging activities, they learn about trees and what it takes to make a woodland thrive, so from an early age they begin to understand the concepts of woodland management and to learn the value of woodlands for wildlife, for timber and for fun!
“We rely on the generosity of donors and woodland owners and would welcome additional support to enable us to expand further across the country. Anyone who can support the project can contact us on email@example.com or donate on line at http://www.rfs.org.uk/donate/.”