What are we doing with schools in Shamley Green?
Collaboration with Wonersh & Shamley Green Primary School and Longacre School
Our two village schools were very quick to offer their support to the Shamley Green Environment Group. When we got in touch they were already setting a good example with Eco Teams, Green Teams, Forest schools, a Community Service team and very committed teachers.
WSG and Longacre are already helping SGEG to achieve one of our objectives - to collect information about all the species in our village. Up until now they have been recording wildflowers and trees in their grounds. In the future they are going to record birds, amphibians, insects, bees and other species
Longacre pupils measuring trees on a woodland visit hosted by Patrick Mannix.
Creating wildlife friendly habitats is very important. Two members of WSG have written passionately about encouraging nature into your homes and gardens and making Shamley Green a better place for wildlife.
Both schools hope to create mini wildflower patches this year and record the results. Longacre has recently opened a new Badger Wood wilderness area and WSG received a gold award from Guildford in Bloom.
Having lost both colonies of bees last winter, Longacre are planning to install more bees in spring 2022.
WSG pupil interviewing wildflower specialist Prof. J Hitchmough in 2021
Both schools, along with SGEG, are doing a lot of tree planting this year as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative.
A few trees have even been grown from cuttings.
Ideas for the future
The schools are trying to become free of single-use plastic. In May 2022 they both took part in the Big Plastic Count.
They are also interested in tackling other areas such as reducing food waste, composting, using less packaging, discouraging litter and recycling more. Longacre holds a car boot fair every October which focuses on recycling clothes and toys and books.
SGEG, WSG and Longacre will keep in regular contact and keep thinking about environmental issues and sharing information. Hopefully we will come up with some workable ideas such as maybe improving awareness by designing some posters and making signs. We will also consider organising talks or presentations by experts or enthusiasts.
If you have any ideas and would like to get involved, please contact us.