Inspiring Local Schools to Get Creative
Posted 11th October 2013 by Wyke Farms

Our biogas plant is a first for Somerset and a positive step towards creating a sustainable and greener future for our children. Because of this, we wanted to involve local primary schools across the Brue Valley to help us launch our 100% Green initiative. We invited children to get creative and make some decorations along the theme of sustainability for our biogas launch event. Nine schools and nurseries got involved including Brue Farm Day Nursery, Bruton Primary, Castle Cary Community Primary, Evercreech C of E Primary, First Steps Day Nursery, Leaping Frogs Day Nursery, Lydford House Day Nursery, Upton Noble C of E School and Whitesheet CEVA Primary. We received a fantastic range of creative designs, all which embraced the concepts of the continuous lifecycle of nature and sustainability. This included green and orange paper-mâche cows, farm scenes and tractors, a wind farm made from hand-prints and scarecrows to name just a few. Materials from the outdoor environment (moss, sticks, ivy, straw) were combined with recyclable materials (cardboard, plastic bottle tops, old boxes, newspaper), which reflects our 100% Green initiative, which is about working in harmony with our surrounding environment.

In September, we were delighted we welcome Years 5 and 6 pupils from Bruton Primary School to our farm, where they were given a tour of our newly constructed biogas plant and learnt about sustainable farming. The children were joined by teachers from Mufulira Mine Basic School, which is Bruton Primary School’s link school in Zambia. The two schools are working together on a sustainable development project.  The children used the visit as inspiration to create their decorations. Read more about their visit.

The final decorations were displayed at our biogas opening event on 19th September, where we had over 50 politicians, retailers, journalists and dignitaries at our farm in Wyke Champflower. Read more about our event.

For useful resources for children on how our biogas plant works, have a look at these hand-outs: How the Biogas Plant Works and How we Make Cheese.

The Wyke Farms Green Energy Visitor Centre is open to group visits for tours by appointment.  Visits will be held Monday to Friday 10am-4pm.  For further information on the tours, please contact:

Lucy Francis

Tel: 01749 812424

Email: lucy.francis@wykefarms.com