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Pupil-led Green Committee supports 'Earth Day' by planting Poplar trees

Bryanston’s Green Committee, largely driven by pupils at the School, is proud to have supported ‘Earth Day’ on Thursday 22 April.

A Poplar tree was planted by each boarding house along the river to start an initiative which hopes to run year-on-year to plant different species of trees in different areas of the campus, as part of the Green Committee’s rewilding project. Tree names creatively ranged from Greenleaves’ ‘Gaia Tree’ to Shaftesbury’s ‘Shafts-tree’.

Emily S, lead organiser of the Committee, commented: “Everyone got involved for a great day in the sun and it was wonderful to see everyone coming together to plant the trees. With huge thanks to our dedicated grounds team, these 12 trees will now be here in decades to come for pupils to come back and re-visit.”

Other initiatives introduced by the Green Committee for ‘Earth Day’ included:

  • addressing our ‘foodprint for the future’ by introducing an additional plant-based bar at supper for pupils to enjoy, as well as offering a frugal lunch and raising £220 for future rewilding projects at the School. The meals offered on this day had lower carbon footprints than a standard meal containing meat.
  • all lights were turned off during mealtimes throughout the day to reduce the electricity usage.
  • a special assembly hosted by representatives from the Green Committee which focused on promoting environmentalism at school. Ideas discussed during the assembly included the possibility of having a 100% single-use, plastic-free café and considering the possibility of implementing more solar panels on site.

Emily continued: “We’re delighted that aspects of our assembly last week have been adapted and embedded into the PSRE curriculum for D pupils this term.”

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