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Worthing High announced as lead school in Worthing for Polli:Nation Project

Tue 23 Feb 2016

Congratulations to our Member Schools Worthing High School, Oak Grove College, Thomas a Becket Junior, and also to Thomas a Becket Infant for being selected as a Cluster to be part of the Polli:Nation programme to create pollinator-friendly habitats in your school grounds.

Here are more details:

PRESS RELEASE:

FOUR WORTHING SCHOOLS LEAD BY WORTHING HIGH, ARE SELECTED TO SAVE BRITAIN’S POLLINATING INSECTS

 

Worthing High School is buzzing with delight having recently discovered that they have been chosen to help to protect the dwindling population of Britain’s pollinating insects.

Karen Hayler, Business Manager at Worthing High said; “We have been chosen as the main lead school in Worthing for the UK-wide ‘Polli:Nation’  programme. The project involves students from Worthing High, Oakgrove, Thomas a Becket Infant and Thomas a Becket Junior. We will be transforming our outdoor spaces to become pollinator-friendly habitats, with the support of the national school grounds charity, Learning through Landscapes.”

David Hodd, Pollination National Project Manager said: “Having submitted a joint application as a school ‘cluster’ back in October 2015, the schools were named as four out of 260 across the UK, that have been chosen to participate in the unique programme.  The Worthing schools’ joint application demonstrated their plans of action, the strength of their commitment to the project and the quality of collaboration, both with each other and the wider community. Their application was reviewed and selected as an exceptional submission, resulting in their involvement in the programme. Over a period of three years, each of the schools will now be supported by a Polli:Nation facilitator from Learning through Landscapes- the national school grounds charity responsible for the project.

Linking to the National Pollinator Strategy, schools will now explore how they might:

1.   Grow more flowers, shrubs & trees

2.   Let it grow wild

3.   Cut grass less often

4.   Don't disturb insect nests and hibernation spots

5.   Think carefully about whether to use pesticides

Once the project is fully underway, the schools will also have the opportunity to contribute vital data in a UK-wide pollinator survey from OPAL Imperial College London. The children, teachers and members of the community will be equipped with all of the necessary tools and skills to help scientists to develop an accurate understanding of the current state of the habitats for Britain’s pollinating insects, and the potential to develop these further.”

Carolyn Dickinson, Headteacher at Worthing High said: “We are delighted to be a part of this project and honoured to be making a contribution to such important research. Not only does Polli:Nation offer our students a fantastic opportunity to develop their own environment to aid the declining population of pollinators, it also offers the perfect platform to consider our environment and pesticides on a global scale- whilst also involving members of the local community.”

The Polli:Nation project has been developed by Learning through Landscapes in association with sector partners The Field Studies Council, Buglife, Butterfly Conservation, OPAL Imperial College London, Stirling University, Bumblebee Conservation Trust and The Conservation Volunteers.

David Hodd, the Project Manager of Learning through Landscapes said: “It is critical that we address the declining numbers of pollinating insects in Britain, and the support of schools and communities in Worthing will certainly contribute to the overall success of the Polli:Nation programme. We look forward to seeing the final results of the school’s projects!”

For further information please contact ­­­­­­­Karen Hayler Worthing High khayler@worthinghigh.net

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