Here at Ashlands Primary School we care deeply about protecting our environment, and this has inspired our school to sign up to and work towards Eco-Schools Green Flag accreditation!
There are many reasons we have decided to embark on the journey to Eco-Schools Green Flag. Firstly, our planet (and all life on it) is already beginning to feel the catastrophic effects of climate change, plastic pollution, biodiversity loss and myriad other environmental challenges.
We want our pupils to be aware of the challenges our planet faces, and will continue to face throughout their lifetimes. We don’t want our pupils to avoid or shy-away from these challenges: we want to engage young people in conversations about them and we want to provide them with the skills needed to tackle these challenges directly.
Our hope is by doing this we will empower our pupils with the passion and skills to protect our planet now and throughout their lifetimes, including as they grow to become leaders, decision-makers and educators themselves.
We started to work towards our Bronze award in January 2022 when each class from Year 1 to Year 6 chose a pupil to represent them on the school Eco-schools committee.
We held our first committee meeting along with Mr Soutar and our parent Eco-schools representatives. Our committee is formed of eleven wonderfully passionate and imaginative children who meet once a month. In the first meeting the committee voted to name themselves “Ashlands’ Protectors of the Planet”.
In Spring 2022 term we have been adding to our Eco-schools display board, completing the environmental reviews and deciding on our action plan!
For more information about Eco-schools visit: https://www.eco-schools.org.uk
If you would like to get involved with Eco-schools at Ashlands, please contact the school office.
We have started working on our community garden, designed to:
We are taking ownership of our fist bee hives in March with the bees arriving in June! We are very excited about producing our very own Ashlands honey and raising money for school funds!
This year will be the third year of planting a wildflower garden at the front of school. Our first year coincided with the arrival of Covid in our lives and we were inundated with wonderful feedback from the local community around how it had brightened up their daily walks and the positive effect it had on their mental health.