Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust offers children chance to win wildlife area for their school

Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust has launched a competition offering three Leicester city primary schools the exciting opportunity to have a wild area created in their grounds.

The ‘My Wild Life Adventure Competition’ is one of the many exciting activities organised by Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust’s Wild Forest School Project that will run during 2015 thanks to valuable funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The Trust is inviting all Leicester city primary schools to submit a design of a forest school or wildlife area that they would like to have created in their grounds. A panel of judges will select their three favourite designs, which will then be turned into a reality by the Trust’s team of Grow Wild gardeners.

Martha Rose, Wild Forest School project co-ordinator, comments: “We want the children to really use their imaginations with their designs, the more inventive the better! Perhaps you’ve got a great idea for a home for all those creepy crawlies or maybe you want to design a special place for forest school activities.

“There are lots of ways you can submit your entries too. Designs can be drawn on paper, built into a 3-D model, or even made into a short film or animation.”

There is a £3,500 allocation for each winning school’s wildlife area, so teachers will need to take this into account when pupils are coming up with their designs.

Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust recently received valuable funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, enabling it to establish the Wild Forest School Project and subsequently run a number of exciting activities such as the ‘My Wild Life Adventure Competition.’

Other activities include Forest School sessions with children from 10 Leicester primary schools, and for the younger ones, two Wild Tots pre-school groups will be starting in April. 

The project aims to provide fun and engaging activities for children in Leicester to explore outdoor spaces and learn about nature. These kinds of opportunities are particularly important in urban areas, where chances to explore nature may be limited.