Alliance turns Hayfield green

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A unique partnership between Hayfield Primary School and Sustainable Hayfield is starting to reap rewards.

The school is now inviting parents – and Hayfield villagers - to see what it’s doing during an ‘open afternoon’ from 2.30pm-4.30pm on February 10 when children will be showing their work.

The afternoon will include an Environmental Fair with experts on hand to offer advice on recycling, energy insulation, Fairtrade, ‘growing your own’, promoting biodiversity and sustainable transport amongst other activities.

Headteacher Claire Fisher said: “We couldn’t imagine we’d be doing all this a few months ago. It’s great that we can, for all the community. And there’s lots more to come!”

The school, supported by Sustainable Hayfield, is working hard towards the prestigious national Eco-Schools Green Flag Award.

“It’s a real partnership, which is making our approach both different and more effective,” said Mrs Fisher. “Pupils, teachers, support staff, parents, governors, the PTA, Sustainable Hayfield members and other village volunteers are all involved. It’s exciting. And it’s already making a difference.”

A range of projects underway include: installing solar panels; building ‘eco awareness’ into the curriculum and setting up a pupil ‘eco committee’.

Specific projects looking at the use of water, energy use, waste, litter and biodiversity are also being run.

Sustainable Hayfield Chair Cath Moss said members were delighted to help.