Following swiftly on from our update on how the school is reducing our carbon emissions through solar enegy, Mrs Prestney, Head of the Green Council, updates us on what they have been up to so far this year: 

The Lower School’s spider plants are finding their roots 

At the beginning of the year, every Junior and First Year form was given a spider plant to look after, as part of an interform competition. The aim was to boost the presence of green within school and teach the students important lessons about keeping a plant alive. They took to it very well, with some forms even deciding to name their plants, to form that special connection. They have been caring for their plants for just over a term and, with careful watering and nurturing, they’ve really begun to flourish! Some of the plants are starting to outgrow their pots (clearly 1P have been looking after their plant exceptionally well!) and 1B have even decided to bring in some more plants to keep theirs company.  

Biodiversity across the site 

Another focus for the Green Council is about improving biodiversity across the school’s urban site. The grounds team ensure we comply with ‘No Mow May’ to encourage biodiversity, but the Green Council has been looking at new ways in which it can be encouraged further. This week, we are participating in the RSPB Big Schools Birdwatch 2024 to ‘take stock’ of bird and other wildlife diversity at school. Green Council reps from across the school head out at lunch time to tally birds and identify the different varieties which visit us. By looking at this early in the year we can then consider how we can encourage more birds to visit, particularly in the Spring. Our results will also be fed into the RSPB to create a national picture. 

Trinity Community Garden 

Although it has been a quiet month for gardening, Duke of Edinburgh students in the Third Year Alex Trevena and Will Patrick (pictured left) have been hard at work weeding, making paths using recycled decking, laying the foundations for a seating area and making sure that the green house is stabilised.  

It has been great to see the Lower Sixth Diploma students (below) also enjoying time in the garden: re-felting the shed, creating new beds for the Spring, and repairing storm damage from the recent high winds. Their efforts have been enormously appreciated and it has been a joy to watch various groups of the student community contribute to various aspects of the garden. It is incredible to see the progress that has been made from this time last year. If any of the Trinity community have any old gardening equipment (especially forks and spades) or outdoor seating that you are looking at getting rid of, then please consider the Trinity Community Garden for its new home. We are keen on not buying new and are more than happy to upcycle things for our school community to use. Thank you.

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