Students of St. Brigid's NS Community School Garden help launch the Nature Hero Awards.
'Biodiversity in Schools' are tremendously excited to officially launch the Nature Hero Awards - Ireland’s first, standalone outdoor learning award for schools. Proudly supported by Glenveagh, the Nature Hero Award is a mark of excellence for a school that recognises exceptional work by students and staff to help nature.
Upon registration, schools will receive a biodiversity checklist to complete, including everything from practical tasks such as hanging bird nest boxes to ensuring outdoor teaching time each week. Once the checklist has been successfully completed, schools will submit their application to achieve the plaque and certificate. One lucky school, demonstrating exceptional leadership in nature conservation, will win a garden makeover to the value of €10,000, courtesy of the Glenveagh Greencare team.
Speaking about the partnership with Biodiversity in Schools, Glenveagh CEO Stephen Garvey said:
“Here at Glenveagh, we understand the importance of biodiversity and the vital role it plays in local areas. We are always striving to protect and encourage the biodiversity in areas that house Glenveagh developments, and so are incredibly proud to support the Nature Hero Award. We hope that these awards will help to celebrate the already brilliant work that is being carried out in schools across the country and encourage even more young people to foster and protect biodiversity within their local communities.”
Commenting on the initial success of the new initiative, Director of Biodiversity in Schools Mark Nolan said:
"We've been overwhelmed by the response of primary schools across the country. In just a matter of days we exceeded even our own expectations. Every county across Ireland is represented and we are fast approaching our capacity of 200 schools, over 40,000 students. It's so encouraging to see such an appetite for biodiversity action in our schools and we're delighted to be part of empowering that."
Director of Biodiversity in Schools Mark Nolan and Glenveagh Community Engagement Manager Annette McGarry launching the Nature Hero Awards at St. Brigid's NS, Stillorgan, Dublin.
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