A Big Green Day

At Dauntsey's environmental issues are high on our agenda and our pupils society, ‘The Big Green Thing’ (BGT), campaigns to highlight green issues, encouraging others to become more aware of their impact on the environment.

With this in mind, the BGT recently organised ‘A Big Green Day’ with a variety of talks and workshops taking place throughout the day. Central to the day were presentations to the Fifth Form, as part of their Complementary Curriculum lessons; from Malaby Biogas, the Hawk Conservancy and LUSH, covering a diverse range of topics including a sustainable approach to waste management, vulture conservation and corporate responsibility.

Malaby Biogas operate the Bore Hill Farm Biodigester in Warminster which successfully diverts food waste from landfill, to provide a combined waste disposal and energy generation solution in a clean and highly-efficient process. Thomas Minter (a Director at Malaby Biogas) explained that they are one of a few anaerobic digestion plants in the UK and are now working with third parties to assist in other projects around the country. They currently supply two thirds of Warminster’s electricity needs.

Miriam, Education Officer from the local conservation charity, The Hawk Conservancy Trust gave a fascinating presentation on vultures, explaining how ecologically vital they are. She talked about the range of threats they face with many populations under pressure and some species facing extinction. Pupils also enjoyed meeting Raj, Miriam’s beautiful peregrine falcon who came along to inspire us all.

LUSH, a British cosmetic brand, talked to pupils about their approach to business and their belief in ethical buying, supporting charities and actively campaigning on issues from animal testing to the environment. Later in the day, during long break, LUSH also ran a hands on workshops for pupils from both the Upper & Lower School who were able to try out a number of the cosmetics company’s products. During prep, Mrs Egan ran a Lower School workshop for pupils in which a competition was held to see who could construct the most efficient mini wind turbines in the DT department.

Tackling Waste

The next campaign the BGT would like to focus on is the reduction of food waste in School and they will be launching a recipe competition soon, for the Lower School, challenging them to create a recipe using ‘left-overs’; to be judged by waste warrior Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall.