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Marvellous Meadows

Due to their keen interest in ecology and conservation, and as part of the CAS element of the IB Diploma, Sixth Form students launched  the Marvellous Meadows project. 

All TGS students were invited to design a wildlife haven in an area at the edge of the school site, behind the all-weather pitch.  The objective of the meadow is to attract wildlife, such as insects, birds and small reptiles to the school site and to provide a space for staff and students to relax and connect with nature during their lunchtime and breaktimes.    

Winning designs were invited to include a meadow area including wildflowers, an area of bare soil, benches and cut paths and a pond.  Participants are encouraged to think about other ideas that would encourage wildlife such as a bug hotel, log pile, compost heap as well as considering elements such as an allotment area.  

The Project is supported by TGS School Fund.

 

Project Update March 2022

Project update December 2021

The meadow and scrape groundwork were completed in October half term.

The scrape is now filling with water, which will form a wetland habitat in due course.

Year 9 students have started making bug hotels and bird boxes.

Watch out for a forthcoming shrub/tree planting competition.

 

Competition Update

There were some amazingly colourful, creative and well researched proposals with fantastic ideas such as animal hotels, small seating areas and ways to make the site more sustainable such as recycling water and composting. All the designs will be used to inform future decisions on the meadow.

After much deliberation, Ruby (Year 11) was chosen as winner for her informative, creative and practical design, with Rachel (Year 13) as runner-up. 

 


Meet the Alumni: Maddy

Since leaving Tonbridge Grammar School, Maddy has been a full-time student at Sussex University studying for a Msci in Biology. 

She has generously given her time to the Marvellous Meadows Project, inspiring students and sharing her expertise and enthusiasm.