ARM Green Schools Sustainability Award 2014/15 

‘Orchard & Outdoor Learning Area’ 
Castle Bromwich Junior School, Birmingham  
Nominated by: Chris Harrison - Unity Trust & Sarah Hobden - Headteacher 
Castle Bromwich Junior School has turned an outdoor area into a thriving learning garden complete with mini orchard, blackberry bush, flowers, bulbs and even a bug hotel. 
The garden has helped pupils at the school learn about nature where the children design posters and give presentations to class mates and learn about biodiversity. 
The school on Hurst Lane North, Castle Bromwich was presented this week with the ARM Green Schools Sustainability Award.  
Chris Harrison is the outdoor learning and adventure activities leader with the Unity Trust.  
The trust is a collaborative funding pot for 22 schools across North Solihull which helped fund the project. Chris explained the school decided to develop the area so the children could learn the importance of protecting the environment and nature. 
“The children have put some flowers in the garden and they all have enjoyed the digging,” he said. 
“We also have spent time cooking around a camp fire and organised bug hunts, which are really good fun, the children love it. Everyone at the school is so excited about the award.” 
Kelly Griffiths is the organiser of the Community Education Awards and said: “One of the key areas judges look for when assessing a project is the participation of the children and how they’ve been involved and taken ownership of a project- the school’s outdoor learning area looks fantastic and is a brilliant addition. 
“This is a fantastic example of how a school can help nurture its pupils whilst teaching the importance of biodiversity and the environment. Well done to everybody involved.” 
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