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LEAF Resources

All our LEAF resources in one place.

All of the resources below can be used by anyone, whether you are working towards a LEAF award or not. They can be used as part of an Eco-Schools Green Flag award or for general Learning for Sustainability.

Please note that we are currently running a pilot version of the LEAF programme, so registrations are not open at present. If you would join LEAF once the programme is expanded (currently planned for Autumn 2023), please complete our waiting list form.

Resources list

All resources have elements of our core LEAF requirements (outdoor learning, connection to nature and learning about forest-based ecosystems).

Key:

Theme icons

Resources are listed under their most relevant theme.

Additional theme icons indicate themes that the resource would also be relevant to.

Age range

Suggested age range suitability.

Many activities can be done out-with these age ranges, depending on pupil ability.

Duration

Durations are given as guidelines only.

Project = multi-day activity involving repeated work over several weeks as a minimum.

Equipment

* Very easy, no or very basic equipment needed

** Some equipment needed

*** Specialist equipment needed

All themes

Tree planting: Excellent resources from The Woodland Trust, including Free trees for schools and communities, which small native trees to plant and Tree Planting Advice. Tree planting can be done on any scale, including single trees, or planting native hedges.

Theme: All Themes     Age: All     Duration: Project     Equipment: **

Biodiversity Planting: An excellent set of resources from The Garden for Life Forum to help you create an area rich in biodiversity. Start with ‘Garden for Life’, which has an amazing image of a wildlife friendly garden. Projects can be chosen to focus on a specific theme, e.g. add a pond for water, create an orchard for products. 

Theme: All Themes     Age: All     Duration: Project     Equipment: **

Inviting Pollinators to the school yard: Learn about the relationship between plants and pollinators and grow some plants to help them in this excellent lesson plan from a school in Portugal.

Theme: All Themes     Age: 6-12     Duration: Project     Equipment: **

How to measure the height & age of a tree: A simple STEM activity to help you estimate the height and age of a tree in your local area.

Theme: All Themes     Age: 5-18     Duration: 30 mins    Equipment: *

Barefoot Walking: A wonderful sensory activity from Keep Wales Tidy, allowing children to feel textures and temperature using their feet. Available for ages 3-7, 7-9 and 9-11.

Theme: All Themes     Age: 3-11     Duration: 30-60 mins     Equipment: **

A special space: This resource from Keep Wales Tidy gives children the opportunity to spend time in nature, taking in their surroundings and finding their own special space.

Theme: All Themes     Age: 7-11     Duration: 30-60 mins     Equipment: *

LEAF and the Sustainable Development Goals: This pack from The Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature contains a series of activities, which can be used to link LEAF to each of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Theme: All Themes     Age: 7-18     Duration: 30 mins-full day per activity     Equipment: *

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