04 July 2023  |  Sven Wardle  |  Posted in:

Eco Club students are flying high thanks to a donation from housing association Broadacres.

As part of the association’s sustainability programme, Broadacres recently donated bird boxes to Richmond School and Sixth Form College.

The school has three targets to meet as part of its Eco-Schools agenda and one of these involves increasing biodiversity on the school site.

The bird boxes, which were made for Broadacres by the Veterans Woodcraft charity in Newton Aycliffe, have now been painted by the Richmond School Eco Club, along with bird feeders they have also been making. The school has high hopes that it will encourage more birds onto the site.

Miss Spittlehouse, a teacher at Richmond School who leads the Eco Club, said: “We are very grateful to Broadacres for their kind donation of bird boxes and would like to thank Veterans Woodcraft for making them.

The students enjoyed decorating them and they will be put to good use across the school site to hopefully encourage more birds to use them in the nesting season.

We gained our Eco-Schools International Accreditation in 2022, so this is a great example of how we are continuously striving to make Richmond School a better environment for all.”

Catherine Cannell, Sustainability Officer at Broadacres, said: “It’s pleasing to see schools in our local communities embracing sustainability, which is something very important to us here at Broadacres as we strive to achieve net zero carbon status by 2050.

Everyone has a part to play in improving the environment, whether that’s protecting or creating areas for wildlife, planting trees, growing your own fruit and vegetables or providing outdoor space for local communities to enjoy.

That’s one of the reasons why we established a sustainability fund to support local projects which benefit the environment or enhance sustainable development in local communities.”

Veterans Woodcraft was set up in 2015 by a group of ex-servicemen – many of whom had suffered from mental health issues as a result of service.

Armed with tools donated by the public, this group of volunteers deliver woodcraft courses to veterans as a means of helping those who are battling against PTSD and physical injury. By working with wood and learning new skills, veterans find new purpose which in turn enables them to rediscover confidence and rebuild their lives.

Group picture: Members of the Richmond School Eco Club with Catherine Cannell (far right) and teachers Miss Spittlehouse (far left) and Mrs Foster (middle).

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