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RFS expands Teaching Trees to East Midlands
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The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) has expanded its successful Teaching Trees project into the East Midlands and the National Forest from the start of this academic year (September 2015). 

The move is phase one of a planned expansion across the country. It has been made possible following an appeal to RFS Members and others which raised more than £60,000 to fund the expansion.

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Nicki Jempson: new RFS Teaching Trees Education Officer

Nicki Jempson, a former primary school teacher from Market Bosworth, has been appointed RFS's first Teaching Trees Education Officer for the East Midlands. She has taught for 24 years and will be delivering the free sessions from the RFS's Battram Wood near Ibstock, in the National Forest.

She says: "Working in the outdoors with children is incredibly rewarding - for them, as well as for teachers.  It often brings children who might otherwise be reticent in a classroom setting, out of themselves.  I hope that every child who takes part will go home with memories to share and to treasure for years to come!"

Teaching Trees brings the National Curriculum to life, giving primary school children the opportunity to visit and learn about their local woodlands, including their value both to the environment and the community.  Science topics such as tree identification and seasonal changes are covered, but less obvious subjects such as maths, history, literacy and others can also be incorporated in a creative and engaging way, helping to embed what is learnt in the classroom.  

RFS Teaching Trees Project Co-ordinator Corinne Moss said: "The RFS Teaching Trees programme was established in 2001 in the north of England and is very well regarded.  The range of inspirational and educational activities focussed on woodland management and its benefits for economy and the wider environment makes it truly unique and exciting.

"The success of our appeal to members shows just how important people feel it is to install a love and an understanding of woodland management at an early age.  As we look to expand still further, we are seeking other funding avenues and would welcome additional support."

To find out more, or to help fund the project go to RFS Teaching Trees, email or contact the RFS on 01295 678588.