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Top international award for Buckingham nursery ‘eco warriors’

Field House Day Nursery in Buckingham is a deeper shade of environmental green after receiving the top award in an international schools scheme involving millions of children across 64 countries.

The prestigious ‘Green Flag’ award for environmental awareness and conservation has been awarded to children and staff at the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Field House Day Nursery in Tingewick Road, which is powered by green electricity and has zero waste to landfill.

An overjoyed Field House Day Nursery Manager, Kellie Seaton, said the award was the result of years of continuous dedication by staff and children, working together in the global Eco-schools programme.

“We aim to give children the best possible future here at Field House, and looking after the environment plays a huge part in that. The respect and care the children have for nature is lovely to see and bodes well for their adult lives.”

“The number of children who have shown an interest in these projects has been outstanding and makes us all very excited to see what else we can achieve at the nursery. The Green Flag award is predominantly a programme that is aimed at older children, so the fact that our children have been awarded this should be highly commended,” she added.

In the ‘Field House Forest’ outside children are able to pick apples which are then used in nursery to make treats such as juice and crumble. The garden also plays host to a number of animal habitats and attractions, including a bug hotel and the children’s hand-made birdfeeders.

Activities, which also include crafting with natural and recycled materials, are designed to promote the development of personal, social and emotional life skills as well as introducing the children to basic maths, science and environmental messages.

“The children are so enthusiastic about all aspects of life at the eco-nursery which is lovely to see. They love seeing the results of their hard work, such as when we can pick the home-grown produce or see the animals in the garden habitats”, said Hannah Brinn, Team Leader and member of the Eco-committee.

The committee also consists of four children, who take a lead role in ensuring the rest of the nursery is environmentally considerate, as well as Nursery Practitioners; Fay Damms and Chloe Courtley Green, Team Leader; Lucy Piosek and Deputy Manager; Elizabeth Waples.

To attain Green Flag accreditation, Field House had to first obtain Bronze and Silver status before a seven step programme led by the Eco-Committee of children and staff.

Rigorous vetting of the projects was carried out by an independent inspector who was accompanied by Eco Committee members as she toured the nursery before the sustainable, eco-friendly Green Flag certificate was awarded.