We are currently 28% powered by solar with projects in place to increase this to 41%. We have pledged to be carbon-neutral by 2050.
Recent initiatives include:
Ballard has been passionate about the environment – our own and in the wider world. At Ballard we actively encourage our pupils’ curiosity about nature and the environment, recognising all the benefits this entails academically and pastorally.
We are so lucky to have a number of eco systems within our grounds for wildlife to thrive. The pond helps pupils understand life cycles first hand with frog spawn and the Ballard Mallard’s ducklings.
All pupils from Kindergarten to Year 5 enjoy regular visits to our Forest School as well as plentiful nature walks and opportunities to work outside.
Our pupil-led Eco committee campaigns for green initiatives in school and out, taking part in many local and national initiatives. At home, many plant wild flowers, build bug hotels, bird boxes and bird feeders. We even have a hedgehog watch.
In the last three years, we have introduced Ballard Bees and Ballard Chickens to school.
We consistently try to reduce pressure on the environment. Key initiatives have included; removing single use plastic in school, a tetra recycle centre, solar panels to provide much of electricity and a rainwater harvesting area that provides 8000 litres of water for us to use on our expensive campus.
We have worked on many upcycling initiatives such as making musical instruments from everyday objects and hats and bags from recycled aluminium cans. At forest school, the pupils particularly love making lavender bags from old blankets and cotton which they tie-dye with blackberries. We made sure to pick blackberries from areas where they are abundant so that birds, insects and mammals still have plenty. Our eco ambassadors are now making bees wax wraps from old cotton fabric too.
We regularly promote our eco activities and passion for our world in school. For example, our reflective spaces exhibition invites all members of the community to share their experiences of the natural world and what they can pledge to help protect it.
We continue to look at what we can do as a whole community and what we can do as individuals. We embrace the ‘Wilder’ initiative, as cultural historian, Thomas Berry, stated, “Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives.