RFS Teaching Trees has launched a free, six-week programme to improve knowledge of woodlands and forestry among children.

Aimed at schools, home education and out-of-school groups, the Junior Forester Award sees participants complete practical tasks with workbooks demonstrating their learning. Schools can opt to deliver the programme themselves, or, subject to availability, it can be led by RFS Teaching Trees education officers.

Becky Wilkinson, Teaching Trees co-ordinator, said: “We want young people to have fun and to feel a sense of pride and achievement in learning about the skills required to keep forests and woodland healthy and thriving.

“The award has been designed to make outdoor learning accessible for all whether you are in an urban or a rural environment and we hope it will inspire some young people to consider careers in forestry and the countryside.”

Information and workbooks are free to download at www.rfs.org.uk/learning/teaching-trees/junior-forester-award/.