Month: January 2020

Ely College Eco Schools

Ely College has now registered as an Eco School. Eco Schools is an organisation set up by Keep Britain Tidy, the charitable organisation is designed for students at schools across the UK so that the next generation know what they can do to protect the planet.

Eco Warriors Logo. Credit: Eco Warriors

Eco Ely Committee member James Homent set up the project with help of the Eco Warriors, a student group at Ely College. The club consists of about 20 students already and is open for more to join. The project has seven steps: Eco Committee, Eco Review, Action Plan, Curriculum Links, Inform & Involve, Monitor & Evaluation and Eco-Code.

So far (January 2020) the club has completed the first step – forming an Eco Committee – and is currently working on the second step. The club members will go round in groups and complete an Environmental Review. Eco Warriors plan to have all 10 criteria assessed by the middle of February.

Every 3 – 4 steps that are completed earn a reward, a Bronze Medal first, then a Silver Medal, then a Green Flag.

Eco Ely Tree Planting

Group photo before the trees were planted. Photo Credit: Mike Rouse.

The Eco Ely Committee planted 500 trees on the 30th November 2019. The trees were planted at the underpass by the Ely Leisure Village. Amanda Halls and Lisa Robertson organised the whole event including tree funding and planting.

Amanda quotes: “We are extremely grateful from those planting and those who donated to the project.” The donations came from OVO, I dig scheme, Silver Oak Coffee & Barchams. Money is being raised through a GoGetFunding online fundraiser set up to buy small trees further down the cycle/footpath.

Another tree planting session is planned for Spring 2020 – if you would like to get involved go to the Eco Ely Facebook page and ask for details of the tree subgroup.