Sunday, 20 May 2018

Shoppers to help fund school’s wildlife project

A PRIMARY school in Henley has been shortlisted for a cash boost towards its new meadow project.

A PRIMARY school in Henley has been shortlisted for a cash boost towards its new meadow project.

Badgemore could receive a grant of £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme, launched in conjunction with Groundwork.

The school must secure as many votes as possible from shoppers at the Henley store between September 26 and October 9.

Badgemore is to launch “Creating a buzz in the meadow” in which an unused piece of land will be transformed into a wildlife haven with a wildflower meadow, beehives and a large pond. There will also be an outdoor teaching shelter. The school hopes member of the community will want to visit and learn about the value of pollinators and the importance of stewardship of the natural environment.

Headteacher Jacky Steele said: “New funding will allow us to work with experts to transform a large, unused part of our grounds into a wonderful space where our children can study nature at close hand and take responsibility for looking after their own bee colonies.

“We are a Forest School and this year has an additional focus on outdoor learning across the curriculum. Being able to use the whole of our school and its grounds as a classroom means this will be a valuable new resource. I would like to thank our Friends of Badgemore Garden Club for all their hard work at school and their research behind this project application. We are all looking forward to the sweet taste of our success and sharing this unique resource with the local community.”

In July, judges from Thames and Chiltern in Bloom were given a tour of the school grounds as part of the Henley’s bid to win a fifth consecutive gold award.

The end of the tour was led by Tuc Ahmed, a governor at Badgemore, and the judges met the Mayor Julian Brookes at the school.

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