Gallery — The Big Pollination Project – Sandling Primary School
The children of Sandling Primary School Eco Team have been working very hard on their Big Pollination Project researching and raising awareness of the decline of insects and bees and their essential role in pollination, and our food system.
Sandling Primary School’s Eco Team have made insect and bee houses from recycled wood and put them in Havoc Square gardens. They have also made ‘Bee-bombs’ from old dictionaries to grow wildflowers, found out about plants that are good for pollinators and created an amazing informative display which includes repurposed and recycled models. The Sandling Eco Team are dedicated to spreading the Eco message and have done all of this in their own free time!
This project ties in with our green roof located here at Fremlin Walk, which includes bee hives! Bees are fundamental to our ecosystem and we are thrilled to be able to help save the bees.
The bee hives and bees were brought in by two local Beekeepers – William & Stephanie. The green roof was installed in June 2021 and William and Stephanie manage and maintain the bee hives regularly.
Alongside the bee hives, we have installed a living green Sedum roof using a selection of low-growing succulent plants which provide a host of benefits to the environment, as well as providing a food source to the bees. Sedum roofs create a great habitat for minibeasts such as beetles and spiders. They also provide food for butterflies and seed-eating birds and the spent flower stalks supply nesting material for feathered friends. The low-growing succulent plants help with rainwater management as a green roof can absorb up to 80% of rainfall and then release it slowly, reducing pressure on our drainage systems.
We continue to improve our sustainability initiatives and are open to suggestions from the community.