Applying for your LEAF Award

Once you have completed all steps of the Forest Cycle it is time to submit your award application. The application can be made in any format you choose. We have an application template in PowerPoint format to help you, but you can submit in a different format, for example SWAY presentation, word document, video.

For you to gain a LEAF award you must include the following in your application (also outlined in the application template):

  • Establishment details
    • Name / address
  • LEAF coordinator(s) name(s) and email address(es):
  • Information on your Forest Committee
    • How did your Forest Committee work?
  • Details of your initial Awareness Survey
    • Who completed your Awareness Survey?
    • What did you find out from completing your Awareness Survey?
    • If you completed our paper-based Awareness Survey, please send us the answers from the Forest Coordinator section.
  • Your final Action Plan
    • The Theme you chose to focus on
    • Your Action Plan can be in any format, but must include what actions were carried out and when as a minimum. We have an Action Plan Template to help you.
  • Information on how you informed and involved others in your LEAF project
    • How did you involve people outside your school / nursery in your work (this can be in person or online)?
  • Your Forest Code
    • What is your Forest Code?
  • Information on progress checking at the end of your project, which must include:
    • Details of your follow up Awareness Survey
      • Who completed your follow up Awareness Survey?
      • What did you find out from completing your follow up Awareness Survey?
    • Evaluation of your actions (These questions can be covered by completing the evaluation column of your action plan.)
      • Were your actions successful in achieving your aims? Can you provide any evidence of how you know you were successful?
      • What went well and what did not go so well? Remember all actions can be included, even if they were not achieved.
      • What would you like to take forward for your next LEAF journey?

Additional evidence which would be great to see, but not essential for the award:

  • Photos / videos of pupils carrying out your actions / learning outdoors / connecting with nature

Don’t forget you can use your LEAF work to count towards your Eco-Schools Green Flag application. See our LEAF handbook for more details.

An example of a completed award application can be found below to give you an idea of what we are looking for:

Example LEAF award application

Submitting your application

Please submit your application by email to: leaf@keepscotlandbeautiful.org

There is a 34 MB limit on email attachments to this address. If your application is larger than this, you can save your file in a cloud storage facility such as OneDrive, Dropbox or Google Drive and email the link to the above email address.

What happens next?

Once we have received your application, we will review it and determine if you have covered the award requirements. Please keep an eye on your emails, in case we have any questions regarding your application.

You will be informed if you have received a LEAF award within 3 weeks of submitting your application.

If you are successful, you will be sent a certificate to say you are a recipient of a LEAF award, along with an award plaque.

Your LEAF award is valid for two years from the awarding date. At the end of this period, you will need to submit a new award application to continue your LEAF status.

Starting your next Forest Cycle

Once you have received confirmation of your LEAF award, you can begin work on your new LEAF journey.

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