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Ramsden Primary School Receives Wildlife Grant

Friday 13th February

Ramsden Primary School Receives Wildlife Grant

Ramsden Primary School at Carlton-in-Lindrick is preparing to welcome wildlife to their grounds after they received a grant from the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust & EDF Energy to help inspire children there about the natural world and protect the wildlife on their doorstep.

There are 20 ‘Wildlife on Your Doorstep Grants’ available for schools and community groups thanks to the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and funding from one of their biggest corporate sponsors – EDF Energy. Beneficiaries are able to choose from three packages (Brilliant Birds, Marvellous Meadows or Perfect Ponds) designed to improve their grounds for wildlife.

Head Teacher Christopher Wilson highlighted the impact of the award on the school: “We are just thrilled to receive the grant from the Trust and EDF Energy.  We are lucky enough to have an established woodland on our school grounds with classroom and bird hide already built, but sadly neglected due to lack of resources. 

The money will mean we can revive our outdoor facilities and really use the woodland for true outdoor learning.  The whole school, from reception through to year 6 will be able to learn about nature and science in a most inspirational environment. 

The EDF grant has actually been the catalyst for our plan to create and build an eco- classroom, complete with living roof – we think we may be one of the first schools to achieve this in the country”.

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust works with families and schools to inspire people of all ages about the wonders of the natural world. They aim to provide all groups with a range of activities which are enjoyable, memorable and bring them closer to the natural environment at a time when access is otherwise at an all time low.

Steve Walker, speaking on behalf of EDF Energy said “"EDF Energy puts sustainability at the heart of its business and is committed to delivering high quality environmental education programmes to a wide geographical area incorporating Schools and Community Groups. By working in partnership together we continue to develop activities for groups of varying ages and abilities focussed around environmental sustainability."

Over the last school academic year (Sept 2013 to August 2014) 1922 pupil visits, 365 adult visits and 111 sessions were funded through EDF Energy.  These were at Cottam Nature Reserve, on school/community sites and at Wildlife Trust nature reserves including the Idle Valley.

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