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Saltford Primary School has been awarded the special Platinum Jubilee edition of the Junior Forester Award. The award was created in partnership with The Queen’s Green Canopy and the Royal Forestry Society in recognition of all the good work that the Green Team has been doing within school this year, including its planting of a silver birch tree for the Queen’s Green Canopy. 

The award was presented at the school by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, Mrs Annie Maw, and her Deputy Mrs Gloria Craig. There was an assembly presentation to showcase all the Green Team’s work and then the children spent some time with Mrs Maw and Mrs Craig talking enthusiastically about their favourite activities. These included tree and plant identification, habitat creation and knowing our woodland. 

Members of the school’s Green Team and council with the Platinum Jubilee 50p pieces

Mrs Maw presented the children with an award certificate and three lovely books that promote caring for the environment. Each child in the Green Team and the School Council has been presented with their own Platinum Jubilee 50p piece as part of the Junior Forester Award, and every family with children at Saltford School has also received this commemorative coin. 

The visitors were then shown around the school grounds by Headteacher Mrs Sage who was pleased to show all the work that has been done to improve the environment on the school grounds. 

The Green Team is for children from Year 1 to Year 6 who are interested in looking after the environment, growing things and who like being outdoors. They are responsible for making Saltford a green school. 

Earlier in the year, four members of Saltford School’s Green Team were featured in The Royal Mint’s launch of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 50p commemorative coin as a result of their participation in the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative.