Harleston school receives international recognition for community work on nature recovery
9 February 2023
Pupils at Harleston Sancroft Academy Primary school have received certificates from the Earth Society Foundation in New York.
The Earth Society Foundation is an international organisation promoting peace and care for the planet and the recognition is for the school’s work on helping the town launch its nature recovery ‘We Can’ programme along with the council and other partners. They will be presented with their Earth Trustee certificates by Councillor Trevor Graham, Chair of Redenhall with Harleston Town Council.
The Nature Recovery ‘We Can’ programme is an initiative by the council to establish a formal framework to embrace all positive environmental work from the whole community, under a common goal to play a part locally to address the international crisis for nature.
Cllr Graham praised the energy and enthusiasm of the school, adding that pupils thoroughly deserved recognition for the support on environmental projects over the years.
He says; “I am thrilled that the school’s work is being recognised. Helping our community to launch ‘Nature Recovery’ is the most recent in a series of environmental initiatives which pupils have helped to promote. I sincerely hope that where the children lead, the rest of us will follow. The future of the natural world depends on it.”
The schoolchildren have decorated butterflies and written messages on them about how they will help wildlife. These will now form a large display in St John’s Church in Harleston as part of the public launch and celebrations of the initiative on 11 March. The launch day will mark the completion of the town centre upgrading and will be centred on Harleston Market Place. The school’s work on ‘Bring Back our Butterflies’ features as part of this.
Mary Carlin, a Board Member of the Foundation, complimented the school’s commitment which reflected perfectly the Foundation’s message to encourage every individual and organisation to think and act as an Earth Trustee, to foster a sustainable future for our planet.
She says; “There could be no better way to help the cause than being at the forefront of nature recovery. I wish the school and community well and every success.”