School’s new green space receives a £500 Wessex Watermark award

March 24 2017

Bishop Road Primary School has been awarded a £350 Wessex Watermark to help create a new green space at its urban site in Bristol.

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Bishop Road Primary School has been awarded a £350 Wessex Watermark to help create a new green space at its urban site in Bristol.  

The school is creating a nature garden, allotment, orchard and wildflower area to make open-air learning spaces for its 800 pupils.  Bishop Road is the largest primary school in Bristol and firmly believes the children will benefit from learning about the connection between food and their natural environment.  

Joe Emissah, the school’s Deputy Head said: “We are creating an allotment classroom for each year group to cultivate. There will also be a small orchard of native, locally-sourced fruit trees and a wildflower area to attract insects and help pollinate the orchard.  

“The garden and green spaces has been such a success that the school is planning to incorporate it into its curriculum as an outdoor learning classroom.  

“Our Wessex Watermark Award will help us buy more trees both native fruit trees for our orchard and native hedgerow trees. Our Award will enable the school to buy some larger saplings so the children can see the trees maturing sooner rather than later.”

The school were presented with the award by Sue Goodland, Wessex Water’s Education Officer, at the end of February. 

The Watermark Award provides funds for environmental projects within the Wessex Water area. Now in its twenty third year, it has supported over 900 environmental initiatives. Organised by The Conservation Foundation, all projects are judged by a panel chaired by its President - David Bellamy.