GREEN-FINGERED pupils at Bagthorpe Primary School have picked up a county award for their environmental work.
The school scooped the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s Green Guardians Education and Environment Award for involving pupils in a wide-range of environmental projects and outdoor learning.
The awards are the only dedicated environmental awards in the county and celebrate outstanding contributions by businesses, schools, community groups and individuals across the county to improving the environment.
And judge Prof David Bellamy, who selected the winners, was particularly impressed with the schools Let’s GLOW (Let’s Grow and Learn Outside in Wellies) project.
Speaking after the awards he said: “What a fantastic programme of visionary education, no wonder it’s called Let’s GLOW! And it does. I wish I could go back to school – Bagthorpe of course.”
Through the project the school has tried to improve the diversity of habitats in their grounds by planting hundreds of woodland bulbs and erecting bird and bat boxes, planting hedges, a willow ‘fedge’, bog and marginal plants round the ponds.
Every class spends time out of doors as part of their regular curriculum, finding our about their environment and how to understand, enjoy and care for it.
Headteacher David Walton said of the award, “It’s been a great team effort all round.
“We told the children in assembly last week and they were thrilled to bits. We are planning to put the prize money of £1,000 towards developing the front garden in the new year.”
On the same day that the awards were presented, every child in the school was involved in the Tree Council’s ‘National Tree Week’, planting a small orchard of apple and pear trees, funded by the Tree Council.
The children, will learn about why trees are important, how to care for them and where fruit comes from and they will even be able to use the fruit in the school kitchen.