On Wednesday 9th March around 50 pupils from the 10 schools in Marlow met at Marlow C of E Infant School for their second all-Marlow Eco-Schools conference.
This was the first to be held ‘in person’ as the inaugural conference last summer had to be held online due to COVID restrictions. Representatives from all the following were in attendance:
- Burford School
- Danesfield School
- Foxes Piece School
- Great Marlow School
- Holy Trinity CE School
- Little Marlow CE School
- Marlow C of E Infant School
- Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School
- Spinfield School
- St Peter’s Catholic Primary School
During the afternoon the attendees toured the grounds of Marlow C of E Infant School to see some of the environmental projects they have implemented including raised beds for growing vegetables, rewilded areas to encourage bees, insects and small animals as well as covered, outdoor teaching spaces.
The schools are planning a collective effort to mark this year’s World Environment Day in June and they discussed various ideas for ways in which they could make an environmental impact in Marlow. These included non-uniform days to raise money for environmental causes, more action to clear up litter, an all-Marlow walk or cycle to school day, a day of avoiding single use plastic and even an electricity free day in school.
Most of the schools in Marlow now have designated Eco-Warriors from their student body, Marlow C of E Infant and St Peter’s are accredited Eco-Schools under the international Green Flag Scheme with several other schools in the process of joining the scheme including Great Marlow, Holy Trinity, Burford, Danesfield, Sir William Borlase, Cadmore End and Little Marlow.