15th July 2003
Green Lunch for Ringwood’s Eco Kids
Eco-conscious youngsters, together with staff and governors, celebrated their
achievement by a lunch with a difference: Fair Trade goods or food that was
locally produced was brought in to share. Food varied from home-made
meringues with home-grown strawberries and locally-produced ice cream, to
faggots, home-produced bread, desserts and flans. Fair Trade chocolate, fruit
juice and tea completed the meal.
Ringwood School has received a Silver award from ENCAMS, the environmental
organisation for their participation in the award scheme that is recognised throughout
Europe and South Africa and is known as Eco-Schools.
Eco-Schools is a project for schools that encourages and acknowledges whole-school action for the
environment, making it a pleasant, sustainable place for everyone to enjoy. And the Ringwood Eco
Committee has certainly concentrated on producing a sustainable environment by taking on an
allotment with the aim of producing more local food and thus reducing ‘food miles’. Students have
improved a wild area at the school by planting native British species donated by Stewarts
Gardenlands. The Eco Schools award scheme encourages pupils, teachers and school staff to work
closely together to study the local environment, but it also encourages thinking about the global
environment and the problems the world faces; global thinking and local action.
Other initiatives introduced by the Eco group contributions to the national bluebell survey, the
setting up of a trout hatchery and school-wide recycling of paper, plastics and batteries. More
projects are planned for 2005.
The Eco group, that has been meeting for a year, want to make the school an eco-friendly
environment for everyone. The Silver Award means that pupils are one step away from their
ultimate aim, to achieve the coveted Green Flag award.