Let’s Go Zero has launched a new Nature Prize for schools in partnership with OVO Foundation, OVO Energy’s charitable arm.
The Nature Prize has been created to help schools increase access to nature for their students and local communities, improve biodiversity in their school grounds and kick-start climate action.
10 prizes for schools
The Let’s Go Zero campaign is a coalition of environmental organisations pushing for all UK schools to be zero carbon by 2030.
OVO Foundation and Let’s Go Zero share a belief that all children and young people should have access to nature and are committed to building a brighter, greener future for the next generation.
Schools, nurseries and colleges across the UK can enter for the chance to win a cash prize to implement their own nature projects and bring their students closer to nature.
There are 25 prizes available: 10 prizes of £1,000 and 15 prizes of £200, meaning plenty of chances to win.
Planting vegetables, creating outdoor learning spaces or building bug hotels are just some of the ways schools can encourage nature in the school grounds, but the possibilities are endless, and schools are encouraged to be as creative as possible in their entries.
Bringing kids closer to nature
There is already a huge amount of research demonstrating the importance of nature connection for children, with those who spend time outdoors experiencing better mental and physical health and improved wellbeing.
The government has made a policy commitment to get children closer to nature, both in and out of school.
Money from the OVO Foundation Nature Prize will help to do just that, enabling over 37,000 children and young people to learn in and for nature, whilst improving student wellbeing.
Schools are key places to enact and inspire change in the next generation as well as the wider community.
Unequal access to nature
Judges for the Nature Prize will be looking for projects whose impact reaches beyond the school gates.
Schools could invite members of the community, local businesses or other schools in to learn about, or take part in, their nature projects as part of widening the project’s impact.
Judges are also keen to see applications from schools in less advantaged areas, or for projects that benefit less advantaged students.