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Great Big Green Week

20/09/2021

This week, we’re supporting the national ‘Great Big Green Week,’ set up to celebrate how communities are taking action to tackle climate change and protect green spaces, whilst encouraging others to get involved.

Across the Trust, a lot of work has already taken place, including the:

  • installation of water fountains in a bid to reduce single-use plastic
  • installation of LED lighting to be more sustainable
  • encouragement of staff and pupils to ‘think before you print’
  • introduction of new PE kit made from recycled plastic bottles!

At Horbury Academy, the Eco-Warriors enrichment club have been busy potting on tree seedlings which are destined to be part of the big Horbury Academy tree planting project.  Over the next few years Eco-Warriors are planning to enrich their science and geography studies by learning all about native eco-systems as they plan and create new and improved wildlife habitat in the school grounds to help replace the habitats that are continually being destroyed by tree felling, building and intensive farming.

At Middlestown Primary, there’s an Eco-Council who have worked hard to create a wildflower garden, a bug hotel and tractor tyre flower beds. At the end of last academic year, a Middlestown pupil came second in a Climate Change competition and won £300 for the academy to spend on gardening equipment. If that wasn’t enough, pupils regularly litter pick in the community!

Horbury Primary recently ran a litter competition which has encouraged pupils to look after the school environment. They’ve also set an academy-wide homework project to create a model using recycled materials to raise the profile of Great Big Green Week.

Over at Ossett Academy, an investment in watercoolers through AquAid is resulting in the provision of a water well for those less fortunate in Africa. This provides safe, clean drinking water to a community that before would not have access to drinking water, most likely walking miles to retrieve water in buckets.

There’s loads we can do and every little counts! For instance, households waste nearly £100 per year by leaving appliances on standby – so let’s remember to turn those off and reduce the amount of energy we use. We can also reduce food waste, grow our own fruit and veg, and even repair or recycle household items and clothing instead of buying new!

For more information about Great Big Green Week and how you can make a difference, visit https://greatbiggreenweek.com

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