More than 80% of the schools in Newport are part of the Biodiversity in Schools Service Level Agreement (SLA) and receive advice and support to develop school grounds, creating butterfly areas, planting trees, hedges and orchards, installing outdoor classrooms and creating allotments.
The biodiversity in schools project can help schools with their eco schools programme and healthy schools initiatives as well as helping to develop a stimulating outdoor environment for the Foundation Phase, ages 3 to 7 years.
Schools in the SLA receive help in grounds development and other environmental services.
Download the Services to Schools brochure (pdf)
Report on the Biodiversity in Schools Project
Download a detailed report on the Biodiversity in Schools Project in Newport (pdf) / Y Prosiect Bioamrywiaeth mewn Ysgolion Casnewydd (pdf) which details how the project started, how it works and some case studies.
The report refers to two documents:
Allt-yr-yn Local Nature Reserve
With log circles installed for use as an outdoor classroom and open all day, every day, Allt-yr-yn Nature Reserve is a fantastic place for your school to visit.
Schools are welcome to make use of the reserve whenever they want, by themselves - we just ask that you let us know dates so that we can make any necessary arrangements or programme work around you.
You can also arrange for your class to visit the reserve with the biodiversity in schools officer for a guided, 2-hour environmental education session.
This service is free to those schools in the SLA, please contact the biodiversity in schools officer below.
Forest school is a Scandinavian method of education outside in a natural environment where children learn and develop motivational, emotional and social skills.
It gives children a chance to learn how to handle risks and use their own initiative, as well as a chance to use tools and to light fires.
Ideally, forest school takes place in small groups and on a regular basis.
Many Newport schools have a Forest School Leader (Agored Cymru Level 3 qualification) and 2 council officers are also fully qualified Forest School Leaders able to run regular or forest school programmes, deliver one-off sessions on tool or fire use and assist school leaders where required.
Forest school sessions are charged at £150 a day, per member of staff.
Biodiversity in Schools Officer, Green Services, Newport City Council,
Civic Centre, Newport NP20 4UR
Telephone: (01633) 656 656