Forest Eco Rangers

Eat healthily, save the planet!

The world needs your help.

Join our Forest Eco Rangers and eat healthily to save the planet!

One of the best things we can do is shift to a planet-friendly diet.

That means focusing more on fresh, minimally processed, and plant-based foods, such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes and consuming less red meat and dairy.

That’s better for our health and better for the planet.

Read below ways we're working with schools to encourage eating eco-tasty meals.

Watch this space for our future plans!

“At Waltham Forest Catering we want to empower young people to chose a more sustainable food system and eat their favourite recipes without it having a toll on the environment,” Christine Cornell, Head of Waltham Forest Catering

Resources for teachers

Countryside Classroom Database of food, farming and environmental learning themed resources Searchable by all key stages and all subjects.

Pip & Pat's Veg Adventure - Kids Kitchen EYFS, KS1

Garden Organic - part of the Food for Life Schools Award Comprehensive advice and activities for food growing with all ages

Map Your Meal: Food explorers toolkit - Global Dimensions Varied lessons and tool organised by appetisers, main course and dessert UKS2, KS3, KS4 Citizenship, Food and Nutrition, Philosophy, PSHE, Geography, English

Too Good To Go Range of lesson packs and case studies focused on food waste KS3, KS4, KS5 / Post 16

  • New plant based menu

    Riverly Primary School

    Riverley Primary School trailed a new plant based menu including Pulled Jackfruit Wraps and Smokey Jackfruit Jambalaya.
    Pupils got to vote on their tastiest dish to help create the menu to be rolled out to school across the borough this Autumn.
    Read more on menus
  • National Schools Meals Week

    November 2022

    During the week we celebrated ways we're making a positive impact on green issues. From Go green lunch – we’ll be providing a plant based menu to a VIP day to roast dinner day using the best of local British produce, reducing food miles. As well as low energy lunch to educate children on reducing food waste, recycling and composting.
    Read more in Parent's Hub
  • Parent Taster sessions


    Waltham Forest Catering takes pride in including families in the dining experience.
    Working in partnership with our schools we invite parents and carers to taste food from the School Lunch Menu. Following feedback we now have a Recipe page to encourage families to eat favourite meat free meals at home.
    Read more on recipes

Fun Facts!


Producing ONE quarter-pound beef burger uses 425 gallons of water – enough water to fill 10 bathtubs.


But just 39 gallons of water are needed to produce a pound of vegetables.


Producing ONE quarter-pound beef burger uses up enough energy to power an iPhone for 6 months.


Skipping one serving of beef every Meat free Tuesday for a year saves the equivalent emissions to driving 348 miles in a car.