Honiton Community College goes green

Students in Honiton expand their green credentials.

YOUNG eco warriors from Honiton Community College have been recognised for expanding their green credentials.

Students, who are also members of the school’s Eco Council, have gained their silver award as part of the Eco Schools scheme.

The Eco Council was formed in September and quickly saw students jump to the challenge of improving their immediate and community environments, which led to a bronze award last October.

The students then produced an action plan for the college to follow, including an eco-code for all staff and students to adhere to, which helped them to gain the silver award.

Assistant principal Iain Slade said: “We are now working with several local schools on planting local, native tree species to increase the bio diversity and sustainability of their environments.

“Some of the species are wild fruit trees that will enable students to harvest produce and use it in many different ways.”

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The students, last week, also planted nearly 60 wild British trees in the grounds of the college, which was done as part of the Royal Horticulture Society’s (RHS) Britain in Bloom scheme.

The college has also been joined by other local primary and secondary schools after it donated nearly 300 trees to Colyton Grammar School, Axe Valley Community College, Payhembury Primary School and Offwell Church of England Primary School to help them set up similar schemes.

Mr Slade said: “We hope that the trees become a tranquil setting for local wildlife as well as providing an amenity for students to enjoy.”

Anyone interested in getting involved can call the college on (01404) 42283.