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Staying Safe while doing the Green Tree Badge

Here are our top tips for keeping safe while completing the Green Tree Badge Activities.

  1. Children should stay in sight of an adult at all times. If you’re at an age where you go out without an adult, make sure that someone knows where you have gone, who you are going with and what time you plan to come back. If you have a phone, take it with you.
  2. Go dressed according to the weather. This might mean that you need to take a coat, hat and sunscreen with you in your forester’s bag as the weather can be unpredictable!
  3. Lots of animals visit woodlands. If an animal such as a horse or dog is with its owner, ask the owner before approaching it.
  4. Animals that live in the woods usually prefer not to be touched, enjoy them by looking at them without trying to pick them up or stroke them.
  5. Natural spaces can have uneven ground which can make you more likely to trip. Make sure you look where you’re walking, wear fitted shoes, trainers or boots rather than sandals or flip flops and only run where it is safe to do so.
  6. Wear clothes that cover your arms and legs, even in warm weather. This will help protect you when you brush against nettles or brambles and reduce the chance of getting bitten by insects.
  7. Don’t pick anything from trees unless the adult that you are with is certain that it is an edible fruit or nut. Leave leaves and berries attached to the trees for the animals that live in the wood to enjoy.
  8. Avoid touching your face or your mouth with your hands until you have washed them with soap and water. Hand sanitizer will not remove many of the things that might be on your hands after you have been exploring.
  9. Don’t go into wooded areas or walk under trees on really windy days or during a thunder storm. There are activities within the book that can be done from home, save the visit to the woods for a calmer day.
  10. If you find something in the woods and you’re not sure what it is, don’t pick it up. Leave it or tell an adult.
  11. Millions of people visit woodlands ever year without any problems. If however you develop a rash, blisters or feel unwell after visiting a woodland then you may need to seek medical advice.
  1. Wear gloves to protect your hands
  2. Wear closed, substantial footwear that will protect your feet if the spade gets dropped or slipped. No open toes!
  1. Only use branches that have fallen. Removing branches from trees could hurt you and the tree.
  2. If you’re collecting fallen branches for your den, carry smaller branches pointing down towards the ground rather than out in front of you like a spear!
  3. Bigger branches should be dragged behind you with one end on the ground, never carried over your shoulder.
  1. Only eat things if you are sure what they are and that they are ripe.
  2. If you pick anything in the woods or your garden, give it a good wash before eating it or using it for cooking.
  3. Lots of things can be eaten raw but not everything. Make sure you check if it needs cooking before using an ingredient.
  4. If you aren’t confident in your plant ID skills, research things that grow on trees and then choose a recipe together to buy the ingredients from a local store.


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Sir Kenneth Olisa


Born in Nottingham and educated in State schools and Cambridge University, Ken has worked at IBM and Wang after which he founded 2 technology merchant banks.

His business career has included serving as the first British-born black director of a FTSE-100 company (Reuters) and on the Boards of major companies including Open Text, ENRC, Huawei (UK) and Nigeria’s Interswitch.

His charitable passions include President of London homeless charity Thames Reach (for which he received an OBE), Chair of welfare to work charity Shaw Trust, founding Chair of the Aleto Foundation, supporting future leaders from tough reality backgrounds.

In 2015 Her Majesty the Queen appointed Ken as her Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London – the first British-born black Lord-Lieutenant in the role’s 500 year history and in 2018 he was knighted for services to business and philanthropy.

Alex Wilson

Education & Schools Advisor

An educator for 30 years, specialising in Religious Studies, Philosophy and History, latterly a Headmistress of both a girls school in London and a thriving co-ed school in East Yorkshire. My core aim is to give every child floors and not ceilings, to empower them with confidence built on a nurturing belief in them from the adults supporting them and celebrating their successes and talents so that they leave school as a rounded human being with a desire to make the most of their education, grounded in the Biblical teaching that ‘from those to whom much is given much is expected’.

The Hon Jeremy Soames

Chairman of the Churchill Fellowship

Jeremy Soames is the grandson of Sir Winston Churchill and has spent most of his career in investment management and banking, mainly with the N M Rothschild Group, where he was a director of operating companies in Europe, Asia and the USA. He is an experienced Chair and Non-executive Director with former roles including Chairman of the National Pension Fund for Nurses, Trustee of the Royal Opera House Trust and the Burdett Trust.

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Smruti Sriram

Chief Executive,
Bags of Ethics

Since she was 18, Smruti has been involved in education, mentoring, and skills training for young people, through the Wings of Hope children’s charity. Smruti says: “My work at Bags of Ethics is focused on the mission to make reusable living desirable, through great partnerships and design, whilst championing people and planet.” Some notable charity projects Smruti had led include The Great British Designer Project, with the British Fashion Council, and the merchandise project for the Queen’s Green Canopy. “I love camelia trees as my family planted eight of them as a gift when my son was born.”

Dr R. Sri Ram

Founder Bags of Ethics
and The Wings of Hope
Children’s Charity

Dr Sri Ram is the Founder and Chairman of Supreme Creations/ Bags of Ethics. For over 25 years his company has reduced single use plastic bags in the billions of tonnes for many leading brands. Dr Sri says  80% of our workforce are women who have been empowered to be self-reliant and trained to the highest levels”. Sri believes young people can drive real positive change. The Wings of Hope Achievement Award has seen over 35,000 UK students gain life skills training and connect with other children around the world, supporting free education projects. Many years ago, His Majesty King Charles III gave Sri’s business an award, an oak sapling that Sri planted with pride in his garden

Becky Wilkinson

Learning and Outreach Manager,
The Royal Forestry Society

Becky is driven by making a difference in the lives of children and young people and is never happier than when out in a forest.

Becky says: “As soon as my children could talk, they loved dinosaurs. They were fascinated when I told them that the monkey puzzle tree that we see today is related to a tree that existed before the time of the dinosaurs. Years on, they still love to call out every time they see a monkey puzzle tree when we are out as a family.

Christopher Williams

Chief Executive,
The Royal Forestry Society

pine tree

Christopher has worked in the environment and education sectors for over 30 years. He is passionate about connecting young people with their environment, especially trees, and forestry, and creating a greener and more sustainable future for everyone. His favorite tree is the Scots pine. Christopher says: “They can be such an impressive tree in a forest setting or on their own, and they are some tall Scots pine trees near where I live, and I always look out at them after a long journey home.

Tony Kirkham MBE,
VMH, FICFor (Hon)

Former Head of the Arboretum,
Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.

Tony has worked with trees all his life and was inspired by the horse chestnut tree, the source of conkers for the well-known game. His teacher bought a bunch of twigs to school, and told him why it is called horse chestnut, which is due to the horseshoe-shaped leaf scars on the twigs. Tony says, “It is one of the easiest trees to identify, but unfortunately is now under threat.” This experience led Tony to what he considers to be the best job in the world.

Curating the incredible tree collection of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where he worked for 43 years before retiring in 2021.