The eco group is a team made up of staff, secondary and primary pupils that meets termly to discuss current sustainability measures around the school, voice new ideas and drive our sustainability manifesto forward. Our first meeting was held on the 2nd of March where many fantastic ideas were proposed which are now implemented. Beth proposed a herb wall to use in school meals, Mrs. Priestly suggested getting an indoor plant into every classroom, Thalia suggested bug boxes and bird feeders and Hassan said we should continue our good work of reducing our paper waste. Our second meeting was held on the 8th of December 2021 where primary school students suggested more great ideas such as planting more flowers around the school, using recycled materials such as plastic bottles as plant pots, to encourage and continue our great work of recycling and encouraging people to bring reusable mugs and bottles into school. Our next meeting will be held on the 9th of February to review our progress and gain more great ideas
Vegetable planters and greenhouse:
Students have been involved in the growing and harvesting of our own fruit, vegetables, and herbs within our vegetable planters, herb wall and greenhouse to use in our cooking and reduce our outsourcing. Summer 2021 marked the first season we have harvested vegetables including tomatoes, peas, carrots, chillies, thyme, basil, mint, rosemary, lettuce, cauliflower, and beetroot. Students have also been involved in sowing winter produce which will be ready for harvest in spring including garlic, spring onion, lettuce, spinach, cress, and chives. Going forward, kings Monkton will continue to grow and harvest food all year round to maintain our sustainability.
Our garden is an educational and sustainable space where we aim to increase our biodiversity and encourage outdoor learning. In 2021 we planted UK native tree saplings (horse chestnuts, maples, hazelnut, and crab apple), over 100 annual and perennial flowers, wildflowers, and bulbs. We have also installed bug boxes, bird houses and bird feeders as suggested by our eco group meeting on the 2nd of March. Over the forthcoming year we will continue to plant more annual and perennial flowers to increase our biodiversity and help our local pollinator species. The space will also be used for some classroom activities such as vegetable planting, implementing more bug boxes and gardening.