Schools

Whether you are a teacher, pupil or parent or perhaps just live close by, schools are fabulous places for environmental growth.

Not only do they have the space to create amazing areas for nature, but children will benefit too! From increasing creativity, self-esteem and problem solving skills, being outside in nature helps reduce aggression, increase happiness and improve social skills. Schools are where the seeds for a better future for our environment and can be sown and grown!

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Here are some ways you can help;

 

Get growing

Could your school have its own vegetable patch, orchard or herb garden?

Get children involved

Make insect hotels and bird boxes, creating log piles and feeding birds at school will inspire interest in their surroundings.

 
 
 
 

Create a pond and bring learning alive

Get children and parents together to dig for wildlife. A pond will provide a habitat for nature and offer a unique learning opportunity.

Go wild outside!

Transform outside spaces by growing green walls, planting trees and sowing patches of wildflowers. Leaving rough areas where nature goes wild will bring nature closer to children.

 
 
 
 

Become an Eco School

Work with governors and grounds staff to make sure your school is managed for wildlife. Raise money with your Parent Teacher Association to fund environmental growth at school. Could your school become an Eco-school?

Get children outdoors

Learning outside, visits to local woods and churchyards, or rock pool rambles are great ways to boost child development and brings learning to life.

 
 
 
 

Change the menu

Introduce meat-free Mondays (school dinners or lunch boxes) - it will benefit the environment, and deliver health benefits too.

Plant new ideas

Can you set up a school wildlife or environment club? Could you organise litter picks or invite local enthusiasts to speak to pupils?

 
 
 
 

Get your school to go hedgehog friendly?

Raise awareness and encourage local people to create better environments for hedgehogs.

Encourage your school to go pesticide free

Reducing harmful chemicals will encourage wildlife and make your school a healthier place.

 
 
 
 

Stop and think

Are plastic wrist bands, toys, cups or bottles given out at school events? Are balloons released? If so, act to stop reduce waste and harm to wildlife.