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Bassaleg Secondary School, Newport

Bassaleg Secondary School, Newport

Bassaleg School’s extensive grounds has benefitted from a programme set up by Newport City Council, where schools contribute to a fund in return for advice and support from the authority’s Biodiversity Officer.

The officer works on a 5-year grounds development action plan with a schedule for maintenance, and liaises between the schools and Newport’s grounds’ contractors to make sure that the right maintenance regimes are followed.  The school involves other professionals such as experts from the Forestry Commission as well as local environmental groups in their grounds development, and see this as an opportunity to give students an experience of a variety career paths.

Funding for much of the work on the schools grounds has come from fundraising through the school’s Green Day which is an annual event with pupils donating money to come to school dressed in a green theme and participating in the school’s Big Grounds Survey.  The survey looks at the biodiversity of the grounds and feeds into future developments and the maintenance of the outside spaces.