The Co-operative Group has launched a Green Schools Revolution educational programme to help children learn about environmental issues.

As part of the programme, backed by farmer and TV presenter Jimmy Doherty, the society will provide teaching materials to schools across the UK. It will also offer visits to its wind farm and seven farms.

It follows research from the Co-op Group which found six in 10 parents had been persuaded by their children to be greener by recycling, conserving water and leaving the car at home. Children also rated green issues their third-­biggest learning priority behind English and maths.

"We are lucky youngsters have such an appetite to learn more about green issues," said Paul Monaghan, head of sustainability.

More than 2,500 schools have already registered for the programme.