Developing an environmentally-aware student body is an increasingly important part of education at The British School in The Netherlands (BSN). There are many projects, classes, and initiatives, but few have been as fundamental as the development of a sch
What was formerly an empty expanse of grass was transformed through a student led Environmental Committee project. Now, just over 18 months on, this beautiful garden boasts an amazing variety of shrubs and bushes, natural flower beds, a number of young trees, a stretch of reed-fringed water, a bird-table and nesting boxes, a beehive and an insect hotel.
Diversity is the spice of life
One of the areas, to which the Senior School’s Eco-Committee has paid particular attention, is bio-diversity. Enthusiastic EcoCommittee member Mike Weston explains, “we wanted to attract as many flora and fauna as possible. We have already seen over 30 species of birds and about 120 different butterflies and moths, as well as various mammals and amphibians. So many wild plants have colonised since the garden was established that we will need expert help in identifying them all!” An important issue with an ecogarden is that of striking the right balance between attracting wild creatures, whilst also making it accessible to young people as a source of enjoyment and learning. So far, however, the BSN appears to be getting it right – due in no small part due to the responsible attitude and excellent behaviour of the students themselves. What is also gratifying is to see the number of teachers now using the garden as a way of enhancing their lessons – mathematicians measuring things, DT stu-