At Burford many of the children care about environmental issues and have a strong desire to actively protect our planet. However, environmental issues are huge global issues and the thought of tackling them can be overwhelming. Our Eco Warriors decided to take part in a national programme to make Burford a Green School.
The Eco-Schools programme provides a simple, seven-step framework that empowers young people to make a difference in their school, local community and beyond. Since 1994, millions of young people around the world have worked through the Eco-Schools Seven Steps before being recognised for their efforts with a prestigious Eco-Schools Green Flag. Burford's Eco Warriors worked very hard to achieve status as an Eco School completing a range of activities such as planting trees, attending Eco meetings, collecting litter and giving every classroom a plant. They also co-ordinated the creation of our own Eco Code, which every year group contributed towards. You can read it here;
Veolia Social Media Campaign
To celebrate and share information about Recycle Week this year, Veolia an environmental solutions company, worked with a few selected schools to interview children about recycling. A small group of children at Burford were selected to take part in this campaign and help to promote this fantastic cause. You can watch the videos below.
Paper and cardboard
Marlow Flood Fayre
On Wednesday 20th September School Council attended the Marlow Flood Fayre. The event was organised by Project Groundwater and Marlow Town Council. The pupils met representatives from The Highways Agency, Thames Water, The Environment Agency and more. They had to complete tasks which taught them about flood risk, prevention and clean up operations and what to pack in an emergency backpack.
They were all given a wind up torch along with a couple of biscuits and some squash for their hard work, so everyone enjoyed themselves!
Endangered Animals Day - Friday 14th July
We had a fantastic day dressing up last Friday to support the charity BBO. We raised £258.00 which will go towards supporting UK endangered animals and wildlife such as water voles and hedgehogs. Our fantastic Eco Warriors presented the assembly and did an amazing job. If you would like any more information about BBO here is a link to their website:
This year our Eco Warriors will continue to promote our Eco Code and the Warriors have decided that they would now like to work towards gaining a Silver Woodland Trust Award, which promotes outdoor learning. Watch this space to see how they get on!
The Great British Spring Clean
Back for its eighth year, the Great British Spring Clean is the nation’s biggest mass-action environmental campaign. The Great British Spring Clean and Great Big School Clean 2023 will take place from 17 March to 2 April. At Burford we took part on Monday 27th March. We cleaned up around the school and then headed out to the park, woods and playing fields. We walked along the Marlow Bottom road to St Mary's Church and then back to school. We were shocked to see how much litter we collected and the range of litter we found. Everyone wants to live in a community they can feel proud of and we felt very proud to take part in this national campaign to help keep Britain and Marlow Bottom tidy!
Some photos of our Eco work.
We had a great time at Danesfield School attending the Eco Conference. We met with all of the local schools and heard about what they have achieved or are working on to make a difference to our local environment. We were so impressed to see that they grow their own vegetables and sell them and they have pigs.