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Triple Green Flag victory for Rowan Tree Day Nursery

When it comes to protecting the planet, pre-schoolers at Rowan Tree Day Nursery in Welwyn Garden City are on top of their game according to the global Eco-Schools programme, having been awarded a sought-after ‘Green Flag’ for the third time.

The accolade, which is the highest award in the scheme involving 20 million students across 68 countries, has been presented to the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ setting on Guessens Road once more, following continued exceptional environmental awareness and conservation practices and learning involving children of all ages.

From babies using recycled paper from the shredder for sensory activities, to older children creating bug hotels for insect observations and growing vegetables in the garden which are then picked and used in meals by talented Nursery Chefs, there are exciting learning opportunities at every turn at Rowan Tree.

The nursery also has a dedicated Eco-Committee which is made up of pre-school children and colleagues; Tracey Richards, Shenay Misli, Emma Seccombe, Kim Peacock and Andrea Brindley, who monitor recycling and help ensure resources like paper aren’t wasted; taps are not left running and that knowledge is shared.

Childbase Partnership Health, Safety & Environment Director, Mark Bird explained;

“Rowan Tree securing their third consecutive Eco-School Green Flag demonstrates both our ongoing and past commitments to providing outstanding early years education that sets up the next generation with the eco-knowledge to carry forward on their educational journey.”

Rowan Tree Day Nursery Manager, Claire Ovenden said;

“We obtained our first Green Flag back in 2017 and it’s wonderful to reflect on how far we’ve come with our sustainability practices since then. Our Eco-Committee have been instrumental in thinking of new and exciting initiatives and the children love inputting their ideas too. We have recently enjoyed creating seed bombs for the garden and can’t wait to continue these activities in the warmer weather.”

In a change to the normal inspection process due to Covid-restrictions, rigorous vetting of the projects was done via a submission of web evidence, before the third Green Flag was awarded. The nursery, which is powered by green electricity and prides itself on sending zero waste to landfill, has also recently gone ‘Climate Positive’ after saving more greenhouse gas emissions than it generates.