Pond Clean-up by Liam Coote, Year 9.
"As one of our projects for the Eco Group at the Benjamin Britten Music Academy, we are clearing up the pond area which is situated at the front of the main building. At present, the current state of the pond area is not eco-friendly nor very nice to look at. We have also noticed a trio of ducks have made the pond their home, so we really want to get the pond cleared out before the spring equinox in order to allow for the ducks to make a nest for their eggs. At present, the area is covered in items of litter which could damage the natural environment surrounding the water or even harm the wildlife nearby.
For the project we are firstly going to rid the pond itself of all of the litter (including a tricycle that's been fly-tipped) and following this cleanup we aim to create habitats using the logs of wood which have been collected and cut up from a tree that had fallen over the pond. Finally, we will then tidy up some of the smaller vegetation and trees that surround the pond, most of which have begun to overgrow around the pond, causing the area to look untidy and under maintained." Liam Coote, Year 9.
You can follow the progress of the school's Eco Group via the Waveney Eco website, http://www.bbhseco.org/. Waveney Eco is an entirely student-led organisation which was set up by Benjamin Britten students in 2012 and aims to promote sustainable living across the Waveney Valley. Although it's founders are now in college, Waveney Eco still maintains a strong connection to Benjamin Britten School through the school's Eco Group.