Embarking on an Eco-School Journey

In today’s world, it is crucial for educational institutions to cultivate a sense of environmental responsibility among young minds. Inspirations Nurseries and Forest Schools have a unique opportunity to install a love for nature and sustainability in children from an early age. By focusing on key areas such as waste management, biodiversity, and litter reduction, we can create a positive impact on both their immediate surroundings and the wider community.

In this blog, we will explore the initiatives
we have taken so far and our plans for future projects as we embark on our eco-school journey. For our first 3 topics we have chosen waste, biodiversity,and litter.

Waste Management:
One of the essential aspects of becoming an eco-school is effectively managing waste. Our nursery school has already implemented exciting projects like the “Battery Hunt” to raise awareness about proper battery disposal. This initiative not only educates children about the importance of recycling but also encourages them to actively participate in collecting and disposing of hazardous waste.

Building upon this success, our next project is to establish a community litter pick. We will learn about different types of waste, their impact on the environment, and innovative ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. By involving the local community, we aim to create a sustainable waste management system that fosters a sense of ownership and responsibility among us all.

Preserving and promoting biodiversity is another crucial aspect of our eco-school journey. We believe that connecting children with nature from an early age helps them develop a deep appreciation for the environment and its inhabitants. To achieve this, our nursery has already participated in initiatives like the RSPB’s birdwatch, encouraging children to observe and learn about local bird species.

Moving forward, we will focus on creating a biodiversity-rich environment within our premises. We plan to establish wildlife-friendly habitats such as bird boxes, bug hotels, and butterfly gardens. These initiatives will not only provide a haven for local wildlife but also serve as valuable educational resources for our children. By nurturing biodiversity, we aim to create a harmonious ecosystem that fosters learning, curiosity, and a lifelong love for nature.

Litter Reduction:

Litter is a common environmental issue that affects both urban and rural areas.

Inspirations Nurseries and Forest are committed to tackling this problem head-on. In addition to the community litter pick, we are also committed to reducingsingle-use plastic consumption by opting for plant-based alternatives to dairy where we can, refilling bottles, suchas cleaning products, hand soap and washing powder.

As part of our ongoing efforts, we will be launching a community composting project. This project aims to divert organic waste from landfills and transform it into nutrient-rich compost. By involving the local community, we hope to raise awareness about the benefits of composting and encourage sustainable practices at home and in the wider community.

By actively engaging in waste management, biodiversity conservation, and litter reduction initiatives, our nursery is paving the way for a greener and more sustainable future. Through these projects, children not only learn about environmental issues but also develop a sense of responsibility, empathy, and stewardship towards the planet. As we continue our eco-school journey, we hope to inspire other nurseries and forest schools to join us in creating a better world for generations to come.