Lambeth’s first Green Schools programme was launched on Thursday 25 October by recycling experts Recyclebank together with Lambeth Council, at St. Bede’s Roman Catholic Infant & Nursery School in Thornton Road, with the help of gardening expert and broadcaster, Charlie Dimmock. Pupils and staff were on hand to talk about what the project means to them.
St. Bede’s is the first green school in Lambeth to be eligible to receive a grant of up to £1,000 from community recycling experts ‘Recyclebank’, to develop a secret garden for pupils to enjoy. The grant will be used to revive the school’s secret garden by planting fruit and vegetables as well as shrubs and flowers to attract pollinating insects and bees.
As part of the Green Schools programme, St. Bede’s is asking local residents and parents to donate the Recyclebank points they have accumulated in return for recycling responsibly, and in return the school will be allocated grant funding by Recyclebank based on the number of points donated.
Speaking at today’s launch, Rob Crumbie, Director of Marketing & Communications at Recyclebank, said, “The scheme has proved a great success in other boroughs, helping local schools to teach young people about their local environment as well as bringing the community together. We’re really pleased to be launching the programme in Lambeth at St. Bede’s.”
Cllr Pete Robbins, Cabinet member for Neighbourhood Services in Lambeth, said, “This is a great opportunity for local schools to take advantage of Lambeth’s innovative recycling rewards programme. The scheme will give children and families an extra incentive to recycle and gain Recyclebank points – and they’ll see the benefit everyday through their garden.”
Charlie Dimmock, gardening expert and TV presenter said, “I was so pleased to be invited to help launch such an excitingn initiative. Children’s interests and perceptions are formed early on in life and I think it is vital that we educate them on wildlife and the environment at a grassroots level. I may be biased but I believe that gardening is also loads of fun and a great activity to get children outdoors and interacting with nature.”
Cathy Davis, Co-Headteacher at St Bede’s said, “The secret garden is a beautiful area that needs a little help to bring back to its former glory. We feel that this will be a great opportunity to teach the children about where their food comes from, gardening and the environment. We also hope the garden will attract various wildlife to the school, allowing the children to observe and gain more of an understanding and respect for nature.”
Since 2007, Recyclebank’s Green Schools Programme has awarded close to £200k to more than 100 schools to develop various projects from African keyhole gardens to nature trails. The programme allows local schools to apply for a grant of up to £1,000 to help develop environmental initiatives. Residents donate their Recyclebank points at Recyclebank.com and Recyclebank will give £1 for every 200 points donated to the school.
Recyclebank members in Lambeth have until the 14th December to donate their points.
To find out more about Recyclebank and the Green Schools programme visit www.recyclebank.com