Castle Manor Celebrates Second Suffolk Greenest County Award

20150418 CMA Suffolk Greenest County Awards2 Castle Manor Academy are celebrating having earned their second Suffolk’s Greenest County Award for the restoration of their community orchard. Judges were impressed with the opportunities the orchard has created to engage families, local primary children and Sandcastles play group.

The project is led by Becky Baldwin, teacher responsible for outdoor education. She is supported by Alison Findlay of the Royal Horticultural Society and Janette Godfrey who manages Sandcastles, as well as a huge number of students.

Last year Castle Manor Academy was recognised as Suffolk’s Greenest School and were nominated this year for best ‘Food and Drink Project’. Eco students Phoebe Ellis and Molly Quinn joined Alison, Becky and Janette to enjoy a locally sourced meal at Snape Maltings before the award ceremony on April 15th.

All were excited to meet ‘Spring Watches’ Chris Packham who signed their recycled glass award with the wording ‘To the Eco committee, well done!’

On receiving the award Mrs Baldwin addressed the audience saying ‘Our project has been successful because we’ve worked together to offer something unique to our students, staff and families.’ She personally thanked her eco team of students for all their hard work, the RHS and Sandcastles for their support in delivering activities and the Suffolk Foundation along with Grow Wild at Kew gardens for funding the restoration project.

20150418 CMA Suffolk Greenest County Awards1Castle Manor Academy is taking a lead in the county on outdoor learning by putting environmental studies and horticulture back into their curriculum. Their proactive approach to learning outside the classroom has had a big impact across the Castle Partnership Academy Trust and it is inspiring other schools to do the same.

Mrs Baldwin was interviewed by BBC Suffolk earlier on in the year regarding her role as outdoor learning coordinator and the work they did to achieve the award of Suffolk’s Greenest School 2014. Presenter Lesley Dolphin said ‘She would have loved to have been a student at a school like Castle Manor Academy with all the opportunities they offered to work in the environment and with animals.’

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