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Recycling revolution at Rowan Tree Day Nursery

Children and colleagues from Rowan Tree Day Nursery in Welwyn Garden City were delighted to celebrate World Environment Day with a series of themed activities, following the news that the setting had gone ‘Climate Positive’ after saving more greenhouse gas emissions than it generates.

After spending a week collecting household plastic waste, parents and staff made their donation of items to the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Guessens Road to visualise just how much is used and generate conversations on the importance of recycling. As part of the learning experience, children then researched what they could do with the plastic items to give them a second lease of life, including creating junk modelling masterpieces and planters for the garden outside.

At the setting, children take part in sustainable activities all year round, from planting and growing vegetables to creating habitats for wildlife, leading them to earn not one, but two prestigious ‘Green Flag’ awards, the highest accolade in the internationally-recognised Eco-Schools programme, which are presented for exceptional environmental awareness and conservation practices.

Rowan Tree Day Nursery Manager, Claire Ovenden explained;

“We had a brilliant time marking World Environment Day and this not only inspired many key conversations on the effects of plastic pollution on our oceans and the animals that live there, but allowed endless opportunities to showcase creativity by recycling our waste packaging into exciting new items.”

World Environment Day is celebrated annually on 5 June and is the United Nations' principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of the environment.