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-

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