The Environmental Impact Challenge is an exciting project that is being run by the Alnwick Rotary Club and supported by the Alnwick Gardens. In December, groups of students pitched their ideas to a team of “Dragons’ Den” style experts in a bid to win funding for a project that will help tackle a local environmental issue. In total, six groups of students secured funding for their project. They will now spend the next few months completing the projects which will culminate in an environmental evening later in the year. I will be back in touch to share the progress of the groups.

Please see details of the projects and funding below: 

Jess (Year 7) and Elizabeth (Year 8) – planting and selling flower bulbs to raise money to buy a cherry tree that was knocked over by Storm Arwen and donate bulbs to a local primary school and care home (£120) 

Grace, Rebecca and Caitlyn (all Year 9) – making a series of short documentaries about climate change and pollution to raise awareness of environmental issues, organising a litter pick and selling environmentally friendly stationery around school (£150) 

Iona, Bethan, Holly, Delphine and Isabella (all Year 7) – organise beach cleans and using the collected sea glass to create and sell jewellery (£80)  

Ethan, Liam, Moe, Jonathan, Charlotte and Harry (all Year 12) – afforestation and creating a wild garden around the school grounds (£600) 

Cat, Sylvie, Poppy, Mia and Rachel (all Year 9) – creating flower “bombs” to sell around the local area and help create natural habitats (£100) 

Reuben, Owain and Michael (all Year 7) – create bird boxes to create a habitat for local bird life (£100) 

Mr A Smith

Head of Geography