A PRIMARY school near Ludgershall welcomed a special guest last week to celebrate the children all completing an award.

Collingbourne Primary School hosted the Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire on Thursday, Jul 21.

Sarah Troughton presented a certificate and commemorative coin from the Royal Mint to all of the children in Years 1-6 who had recently completed the Queen’s Green Canopy Junior Foresters Award, organised by the Royal Forestry Society. 

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Collingbourne Primary is the only school in Wiltshire to have completed this award. The children began work in March during their Forest School sessions and undertook tasks such as planting hedges, learning tree names, creating habitats for wildlife and becoming tree ambassadors.

Forest School leader Jill Stevens, also known as ‘Willow, said: “It has been really exciting to see how keen the children are to learn about the environment. 

“They are passionate about protecting it for the future.” 

The school has now started to work towards the Green Tree Schools award run by the Woodland Trust.

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