Monday, 24 March 2014

Harrow College students on the path to sustainability

With students at Harrow College today
I was very pleased to be invited to Harrow College (Harrow Weald Campus) as a Green Party guest for their Sustainability Week today.

There were stalls on energy saving, bee keeping, water conservation, the wildlife area, recycling and People and Planet. I was particularly impressed by the work staff and students from the SLDD (Students with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities) were undertaking creating a pond, wild flower meadow and insect and mammal habitats.  The students were selling some of their potted plants as Mother's Day presents to help raise money for their project.

Inside the Poly Tunnel
The Poly Tunnel pond had tadpoles already with growth hastened by the heat
Students have painted a Hockney style mural on the container in the wildlife area to blend with the surroundings
Log piles provide habitats for insects and small mammals
Creating habitats from recycled materials
A competition win enabled the college to install a 12ft pond with stduents doing the digging out
Students at their stall
I left Harrow College feeling that from small beginnings something very special, environmentally and educationally, was being achieved. It was a privilege to visit. 

I hope the muntjac let the plants grow!


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