At the start of the school year, the school’s eco-committee identified increasing biodiversity in schoolyards as a top priority for the coming year and considered different ways to achieve this. .
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With the help of the school’s garden club, wildflower seeds have been sown around the playground to create a floral bee border, with native plug plants due to be added later this month- this.
Additionally, a mini chalkland wildflower habitat is planted with a contrasting heathland flower habitat to replicate the flowers found on Brightstone Down.
Children in grades 6 and 3 have worked hard to plant wild cherry trees, silver birches and native mountain ash trees next to the school playground, which will eventually provide food and shelter for the birds and small animals.
The trees got off to a good start with local compost kindly provided at a reduced rate by Isle of Wight Compost.
Eco-committee leader Fiona Johnstone said: “Children are very aware of the importance of caring for the environment and our eco-committee has planned a number of hands-on activities to increase biodiversity. school grounds.”
Principal Rebecca Lennon said: ‘Thanks to the grant from Wightlink, trees from the Woodland Trust and the help of Isle of Wight compost, the children have got off to a great start in transforming the grounds of the school, which I know they will enjoy studying because the plants are blooming and the birds and insects are attracted to the new habitats.
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Wightlink’s Managing Director, Keith Greenfield, said: “The aim of the Green Schools Fund is to tap into the enthusiasm that reigns in primary schools across the island and support projects that will have a lasting effect on the local environment. We are delighted to have been part of this fantastic project in Brightstone.
The school will also use Wightlink’s £660 grant to renovate the school’s vegetable garden and install a new compost bin.