Town Schools rise to Mayor’s Eco Challenge

Four Sutton Coldfield schools have been recognised by the Mayor for their enthusiasm and commitment to the environment as they showcase their outstanding projects.

Banners Gate Primary, Langley Special School, Mere Green Primary and Moor Hall Primary were all presented with £500. These schools were picked by the Mayor as having the most exciting projects and planned works.

Last September, all primary schools in the town were invited to apply a £650 grant as part of the Mayor’s Eco Challenge 2017/18. The grant was intended for pupils to get involved in an environmental project. In October Mayor Cllr David Pears announced that 23 schools had entered and that an additional £500 would be provided to the schools judged as having outstanding projects.

Banners Gate Primary have set up a project called Banners Gate Rangers which meets after school to work on environmental projects chosen by the pupils. Their first project has been to encourage wildlife into the school and local charity Care First has helped them make bird tables, hedgehog houses out of recycled pallets. Plans for the summer include planting flowers around school to encourage bees and butterflies.

Langley Special School has bought bird feeders, made their own bird food in Forest School lessons and set up their own bird watching hide in the school grounds. Added to this they have now set up a small camera inside the bird boxes, so every class can watch the live stream and see what is happening. Other projects include a focus on recycling plastic and creating habitats for frogs and hedgehogs.

Mere Green Primary have started their Quad Garden in an unloved area of the school. Once a thriving garden, it had gone to seed, with thorny plants taking hold. The area is now cleared and repaved, and ready to create a new garden. Pupils have created their own designs and are excited to be part of Sutton Coldfield In Bloom. The grant has paid for a small greenhouse, bench, tools, seeds and compost.

Moor Hall Primary have chosen to revitalise an old forgotten wildlife garden in one corner of the school’s grounds. Pupils have created their own designs and work will start this spring. In preparation for looking after their Wildlife Garden, the Wildlife Club and Rotary Award Pupils have had visits from Snuffles Hedgehog Rescue and the School Council have been researching ideas for improving the environment around the school.

The Mayor visited all four schools on Friday 16th March and saw the work that was going on. He met pupils and teachers involved in all of the projects and presented cheques at each school.

He commented: “I have been impressed with how hard the schools and children have worked on this project. I am sure town councillors will welcome the opportunity of being invited into schools to follow up progress. I am hoping this will add further value to us being successful in the Britain in Bloom entry.”



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