Milton Keynes Mayor visits Hampstead Gate Day Nursery
Children and colleagues from Hampstead Gate Day Nursery in Milton Keynes were delighted to welcome the local Mayor to the setting to plant a tree, following a week of environmental achievements and celebrations for the award-winning team.
Having gone ‘Climate Positive’ by saving more greenhouse gas emissions than they generate and achieving all 3 awards as part of the RSPB Schools' Wild Challenge, pre-schoolers from the day nursery on Eelbrook Avenue rounded off the festivities with the help of Cllr Mohammed Khan, who assisted in planting an apple tree in the garden, as well as congratulating the team on their recent ‘Green Flag’ accreditation from Eco-Schools.
As part of the RSPB challenge, children were tasked with completing a series of 18 eco-activities to connect with the natural world, from collecting and recycling rain water to making bird feeders for the garden, leading them to earn Bronze, Silver and Gold status in the scheme, which has replaced the charity’s Wildlife Action Awards, established in 1988.
Following on from World Environment Day and World Oceans Day earlier in the month, children have been immersed in exciting learning opportunities, including learning about climate change and how to reduce plastic pollution, creating their own sea turtles and growing cress, as well as enjoying a Hawaiian themed dress up day as part of the events.
At Hampstead Gate, children of all ages take part in sustainable activities throughout the year, from planting and growing vegetables to crafting with natural and recycled materials, leading them to earn a prestigious ‘Green Flag’, the highest accolade in the internationally-recognised Eco-Schools programme, which is awarded for exceptional environmental awareness and conservation practices.
Hampstead Gate Day Nursery Manager, Elkie Taylor explained;
“We are absolutely thrilled to have more environmental credentials under our belt and are so grateful to the Mayor for taking time out of his busy schedule to come and visit us. We had a brilliant time planting the apple tree, which will be a lovely lasting legacy for the children, and are so proud that they understand the importance of caring for the planet.”