Since its conception in September 2019, the Tyfu Project run by the newly formed School Eco-Action Taskforce has gone from strength to strength.
The initial aim of the project was to take over a disused boggy sports field and turn it into a haven of biodiversity and outdoor learning. The pupils (aged 11-16) meet every week on a Friday lunch time to discuss the actions that need to be taken and then get on with the plan.
In October the pupils in the Eco-taskforce held a ‘Tree Planting Party’ to plant 250 trees of mixed types from the Woodland Trust, on the field. The intention of this was to soak up the water in the ground and make the field usable again. This was a great success.
Following this the pupils are now planning and planting an allotment to grow their own fruit and vegetables onsite. This will have multiple benefits – improve outdoor learning, improve mental health, improve teamwork and confidence, and give pupils access (some living in food poverty) access to fresh organic produce.
Along side these outdoor activities, the Tyfu project has taken on a wider scope focusing on plastic pollution and waste both in school and across the world.
In school the pupils have run seasonal campaigns to promote plastic free shopping such as Halloween ‘Plastic is the Real Monster’.
They also have built a fantastic relationship with the pupils in Colegio Enriquez Soler in Melilla, North Africa and created a joint video raising awareness of the issues of plastic waste around the world.
The pupils also sent a delegation to the Mock COP in both Wrexham and Cardiff where they debated, discussed and struck deals with other pupils from across the country on international environmental issues.
Working together, the pupils working on the Tyfu Project have been successful in achieving the Gold level Green Trees School award.
The group have also had speakers coming in to talk to the wider school community from Surfers Against Sewage and The Size of Wales.
The pupils are now focused on getting the allotment up and running and will also be planning an intergenerational tea party event during the Summer Term. This will allow them to share their knowledge with others in the local community.