HALTON schools are being invited to apply for up to £500 of free outdoor learning resources to help youngsters get hands on with nature.

Applications for the Local School Nature Grants are open now until November 22 thanks to charity Learning through Landscapes.

The charity is distributing £550,000 of cash raised by People's Postcode Lottery players with funds awarded to them from Postcode Local Trust.

As well as receiving up to £500 worth of outdoor resources school's will also receive a two-hour training session on how to get the most out of the equipment.

The learning resources and training sessions are completely customisable meaning students at any age are catered for.

Laura Chow, head of charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “Given that children in Britain spend an average of just 16 minutes a day exploring in parks and the countryside, I’m delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are supporting this programme enabling children of all ages to get outside and I’d urge schools to take advantage of this opportunity and get an application in.”

Applications are being actively encouraged from schools whose pupils are aged over five-years-old and are passionate about making environmental improvements for the benefit of their pupils, staff and the community.

For more information and to apply visit Learning through Landscapes’ website: www.ltl.org.uk/projects/local-school-nature-grants