Design an eco-friendly space for your school

Let your eco-warriors take the lead in our tree planting competition and be in with the chance to win 300 trees to bring their idea to life!


How to enter 

Ask your pupils to create an eco-friendly design for your school grounds. It could be an idea for a wildlife, sensory or mindfulness garden, a Forest School area, mini beast trail or even a wildlife-friendly vegetable plot. The opportunities are endless!

Pupils can design a garden from scratch or maintain and improve existing outdoor spaces. All designs should make use of the 300 trees or hedgerows to be awarded to the winning school, whilst also using natural and recycled resources in a sustainable way to encourage wildlife and biodiversity. 

Pupils should consider the positive contribution the space will make to the school and the local environment. It’s a great way to get the whole school community engaged in green issues!

Entries should aim to combine sustainability, originality, resourcefulness and learning.  

If you haven’t got space to incorporate 300 trees into your space, you can donate 150 of the trees to another local school or community area. 


Download our competition poster for your school here >>


Offsetting carbon emissions & providing wildlife habitats

Planting is a great way to help sequester carbon emissions and trees have been identified as the most effective climate solution available to us right now. 

Planting 300 trees or hedgerows of native species will help your school to preserve the UK's environment and biodiversity as well as: 

• Providing wildlife habitats & supporting biodiversity

• Planting native British trees

• Enhancing the natural UK landscape

• Offsetting CO2 emissions

We provide the trees and accessories free of charge for your school so all you have to do is plant them!  These saplings then grow into trees or hedgerows, supporting biodiversity, creating woodland habitats and providing social benefits to your school and the wider community. The trees help to improve your air quality and to educate and raise awareness about nature and environmental issues among the pupils.  


Closing date 

Submit your school’s design by midnight on Friday 31st January 2020.


How to enter - download our entry form here

Download our entry form here - print on A3 paper, landscape, 3 sheets in total. 

You can design your garden either by hand or on a computer, your design must be submitted using  our entry form. 

Send your design as an email attachment to 

All entries must be received by midnight on Friday 31st January 2020 by email or posted to Marketing, NST, Discovery House, Brooklands Way, Whitehills Business Park, Blackpool, Lancashire FY4 5LW.

Please read our competition terms and conditions before entering.


We'll be judging the entries on five key criteria:

1. Climate & water: 

If your school is in a region with high amounts of rainfall, consider plants which thrive in wet conditions and make sure your space has proper drainage. If your school is in a dry region your design should conserve water and use plants which can cope with minimal rainfall or drought.

Consider how you can make the most of rainwater.

2. Species diversity:

Your design should aim to stimulate biodiversity - a wide range of plants and wildlife. 

3. Materials: 

Your design should only use environmentally friendly materials, consider using old or recycled materials in your design. 

4. Learning: 

We want your space to be educational as well eco-friendly.  

The winning design will be the space which we think best mixes eco-friendly criteria with a space which promotes exploration, learning, discovery and enables pupils to develop their confidence and self-esteem in a safe and supportive environment. 

5. Practicality: 

Consider maintenance and cost when planning your space. 


Terms & Conditions

1. This competition is open to primary schools based in the UK. One entry per school. 

2. All information detailing how to enter this competition forms part of these terms and conditions. It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the competitor agrees to abide by these rules. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.

3. To enter this competition, participants must submit their designs by either email to or by post to:

Marketing Department, NST, Discovery House, Brooklands Way, Whitehills Business Park, Blackpool, Lancashire FY4 5LW

4. All entries must be received by midnight on Friday 31st January 2020.

5. To participate in this competition, entrants must submit a design for a space on the attached entry form. Designs must be birds-eye view and may be either hand-drawn or computer generated.  Hand-drawn designs must be A3 size. Entries will not be returned.

6. The judging panel will be comprised of NST Director, Steve Craven, Business Development Executive, Carbon Footprint Ltd, Jonathan Moss. Designs will be judged on originality, aesthetics and practicality. The judges' decision is final, and no correspondence shall be entered into.

7. Copyright in all submissions to the competition remains with the respective entrants. However, in consideration of their providing the Competition, each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to NST Travel Group Limited and Carbon Footprint Ltd to feature any or all of the submissions in any of its publications, its websites and/or in any promotional material connected to this competition.

8. Illegible, incomplete or defaced entries will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries and proof of sending will not be accepted as proof of receipt. Entries must not be sent through agencies or third parties.

9. The winning entrant shall win 300 saplings, provided in multiples of ten per species and are generally 40-60cm, however size is dependent on the species chosen and availability at the time. The species varies from season to season, but all the trees we plant are native broad leaf varieties including: Hawthorn, Sessile Oak, Hazel, Downy Birch, Guelder Rose, Field Maple, Rowan, English Oak, Blackthorn, Wild Cherry. Also, we have planted common alder, crab apple, silver birch, spindle bush & goat willow. The trees come with canes and rabbit guard spirals to protect them whilst they are young and to help them grow straight. Please note:
If you do not have room for 300 trees, you can donate a number of trees to one other local school.

The trees will be supplied to the winning school for planting with accessories free of charge, the tress will need to be planted by the school. The trees will be supplied between 1st March and 30th April 2020, the school will be notified of the delivery well in advance. 

10. The winner shall be notified within 14 days of the closing date of the competition, February 14th, 2020. 

11. In the event of the winner being unable to accept the prize of 300 trees, the Promoter reserves the right to award the prize to the runner-up which, in the opinion of the judges, is the next best entry.

12. The winner may be required to take part in publicity.

13. The winning school’s name and county may be disclosed to anyone who writes within one month after the published closing date, enclosing a stamped addressed envelope to: Marketing Department, NST, Discovery House, Brooklands Way, Whitehills Business Park, Blackpool, Lancashire FY4 5LW

14. The prize as described as per section 9 of these terms and conditions. The prize is non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives.

15. Events may occur that render the competition itself or the awarding of the prizes impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the Promoter and accordingly the Promoter may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the promotion and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to the Promoter as a result thereof.

16. NST Travel Group Ltd  is responsible for the first part of the competition, which is its Adjudication of the competition and all other facilities connected with the provision of the prize are the responsibility of Carbon Footprint Ltd.