We are buzzing with delight having recently discovered that we have been chosen to help to protect the dwindling population of Britain’s pollinating insects.
In October 2015 we submitted a joint application as a ‘cluster’ school, alongside Worthing High School, Oak Grove College and Thomas A Becket Infant school. We are pleased to announce that our cluster group was selected from the 260 schools who applied across the UK to work alongside ‘Learning through Landscapes’, the national school grounds charity, to transform our outdoor areas into pollinator-friendly habitats.
Our schools’ joint application demonstrates our plans of action, the strength of our commitment to the project and the quality of collaboration, both with each other and the wider community. Their application was reviewed and selected as an exceptional submission, resulting in our involvement in the programme.
Over a period of three years, each of the schools will now be supported by a Polli:Nation facilitator from Learning through Landscapes who are responsible for the project.
Linking to the National Pollinator Strategy, we will now explore how we might:
Once the project is fully underway, the cluster schools will also have the opportunity to contribute vital data in a UK-wide pollinator survey from OPAL Imperial College London.
The Polli:Nation project has been developed by Learning through Landscapes in association with sector partners The Field Studies Council, Buglife, Butterfly Conservation, OPAL Imperial College London, Stirling University, Bumblebee Conservation Trust and The Conservation Volunteers.
David Hodd, the Project Manager of Learning through Landscapes explains, “It is critical that we address the declining numbers of pollinating insects in Britain, and the support of schools and communities in Worthing will certainly contribute to the overall success of the Polli:Nation programme. We look forward to seeing the final results of the schools’ projects!”
We will keep you informed on the details of this ongoing project and are all very much looking forward to working alongside our local schools and community.
Mrs Michelle Mayes
The Polli:nation Project has supported our school in the regeneration of our 'Quad' area.
In 2014 the Eco Committee started their Quad Regeneration Project by adding new compost and tidying up our flower beds.
We continued to maintain the area in 2015 & 2016 and purchased some more plants and bulbs from our Eco funds, which we gained from recycling clothes and selling second hand uniform.
With the Polli:nation grant in 2017 we purchased additional plants such as Comfrey, Bluebells, Hebes, Lavender, Rosemary, Marjoram and lots more.
We purchased bug hotels with our funding to attract pollinating insects to the area.
Our raised beds are now a hive of activity with bumble bees and butterflies, and our flowers show an array of colour which changes throughout the seasons.
We planted 4 apple trees in our conservation area to support our cooking activities in Forest School.
Our Eco Committee have been busy planting lots of bulbs and flowers within our 'Quad' area to support our Polli:nation Project. Pupils have mentioned that they have already seen an increase in bees in this area during our Eco Club sessions.
Our committee have also been inspired to plant some vegetables, and we are hoping to have a large crop of runner beans, tomatoes, cucumbers and courgettes.
We have also purchased some bug hotels with our funding which have been situated within our raised beds.