School Environmental Project (by Matt Hall)
I spent quite a bit of time over the summer months at St. Neots Community College, helping them with their new Environmental garden and outside learning space. All the work I did with them reached its climax at the end of term when year 8 students spent ½ day building an environmental garden. This is situated in an area of the school known as ‘The Quad’ and it contains a raised wildlife pond and wild flower meadow.
The school also set aside 2 areas, 1 for a small allotment area complete with potting shed/greenhouse and the other for a herb garden, with an interesting feature - a huge Herb head.
This project hopefully taught the students about the environment and sustainable living, as well as nature.
There was one more feature to the Environmental day, a huge mural painted on a blank brick wall. This was the winning entry in a competition run throughout the school to design a mural for this wall. The painting was done by a local graffiti artist.
The same area also contained a sculpture made from recycled materials. The sculpture was built by the students and the owner of a local business who “won” an investment from BBC’s Dragons Den to fund his business of building furniture and sculptures out of recycled materials.
Other activities on the day included minibeast hotel making and the construction of a huge mosaic with an environmental theme made from recycled tiles.
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