Schools group makes ‘carbon-zero in five years’ pledge

The schools group says it will buy local produce and products, and rewild areas of the schools

An education group that owns seven educational institutions, including preparatory and primary schools and pre-school nurseries, has pledged to make its entire school group carbon-zero in five years.

Forfar Education said it had invested almost “half a million pounds… sourcing and providing greener solutions to reduce the carbon footprint” of its network of seven schools. Its net zero pledge will mean banning single-use plastics, sourcing ingredients from local organic producers and rewilding parts of the school estate with “native British plants”, a statement said.

The group owns Brackenfield Preparatory School in Harrogate, The Gleddings Preparatory School in Halifax, Park School & Nursery and the Dean Park Day Nursery in Bournemouth, Horris Hill School in Hampshire, Argyle House School in Sunderland, Cameron Vale School in Chelsea and The Chelsea Nursery.

We need to help the next generation to live in an environmentally responsible way, which develops a sustainable mindset enabling the power and beauty of nature to be admired and understood for generations to come John Forsyth, Forfar Education

The schools will plan green projects led by “green teams”, embed sustainability into their curriculum and undertake environmental surveys of their current operations and consumption.

John Forsyth, chief executive of Forfar Education, said: “Our role is to nurture and instil confidence in the next generation and just as importantly we need to ensure that there is a world for that generation to enter into.

“We need to help the next generation to live in an environmentally responsible way, which develops a sustainable mindset enabling the power and beauty of nature to be admired and understood for generations to come.

“The Forfar ethos is one of family and community and for these to endure, we must also now weave environmental responsibility and ecological sustainability into all we do, so that our children are inspired to play their part.”


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