Wellesley Haddon Dene School  scoops two top nature conservation awards

Green School Award Winners, Wellesley Haddon Dene.

Wellesley Haddon Dene School in Broadstairs is the winner of two honours at The Green School Awards run by Social Enterprise Kent.

The Green School Awards celebrate all the positive actions that schools and educational establishments across the county are doing to help the planet.

No stranger to conservation work, Wellesley Haddon Dene was nominated for a Silver Commendation earlier this year at the Wilder Kent Awards for their hard work in helping to create a Wilder Kent. Wellesley Haddon Dene is leading the way in conservation and is now a hub for all local Thanet schools to get involved in Kent Wildlife Trust projects.

The school is thrilled to have been awarded a Green Schools Award and the Overall Award for Nature Conservation in Kent.

The school dedicates curriculum time to developing student’s understanding of climate change and nature conversation. Some of the environmental initiatives they have completed this year include: committing to The Great British Spring Clean, collecting over 40 bin bags on litter in the local community and beaches; growing their own vegetables; running a weekly ‘Wildlife Club’; hosting 4 beehives and harvesting honey; raising money for new bird boxes for swifts, robins, wrens, blue tits and house martins; creating hedgehog highways in their grounds; renovating their on-site forest school using recycled materials; making bird feeders; creating an area for wildflowers and insects; creating bug hotels; making a butterfly feeder and bat boxes; analysing the on-site nature ‘cam’ to learn about the little things that we can all do to help nature and much more.

Headteacher Joanne Parpworth said: “I am absolutely delighted that we have achieved two more awards for our continued efforts in protecting our environment. We are fortunate to have Mrs Sabin-Dawson, our Year 5 teacher, who is an advocate for the environment and nature conservation.

“Through our Wild Club, she has empowered, intrigued and motivated our children to create a significant positive impact within our local community. We are already busy planning new initiatives to build a better and more sustainable school.”

2 Comments

  1. This is great to hear. The staff and pupils at the school have worked hard all year to improve their local environment.

  2. That is wonderful….education is KEY.

    Now perhaps they can ‘educate’ some of the officers and councillors at Thanet District Council.

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