Green light for biodiversity at St Benedict's

By Peter Heneghan

Inspired by the Holy Father’s encyclical Laudato si' as well as workshops by Cafod volunteers, pupils at St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School in Netherton have hatched plans to improve biodiversity in their school grounds and have duly received £1,500 from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority community environment fund.

The overall £500,000 fund has been distributed to groups for projects that will improve the environment across Liverpool City Region after Steve Rotheram, the Metro Mayor, pledged to support community environment initiatives.
The funding will allow the school to improve biodiversity with a project called ‘Our Shared Home’. Work began after the Easter holidays and will continue throughout the summer term. Plans include creating a wildflower meadow, butterfly garden, bug hotel, bird paradise and vegetable patch. The pupils wish to encourage a variety of wildlife into the school grounds to help them learn more about the natural world and how it is shared between humans, plants and animals.
Year 4 pupil Darcy said: ‘I love what we are doing because I love helping animals and the environment.’ Ethan, also in Year 4, added: ‘We get to save animals and make the world a better place.’
Mrs Chadwick, the deputy head, commented: ‘Our children are really motivated to tackle environmental issues, so we are excited to play our part in improving biodiversity and creating a variety of homes for wildlife.’
All the children from Nursery to Year 6 will be involved in the scheme. As well as understanding more about the natural world, staff are hoping that digging, planting and teamwork will have a positive impact on children’s well-being after a challenging year.
Keep up-to-date with the group and the project on Twitter @StBenedictsL30 and find out more about the fund on the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority website: