Biodiversity in the Classroom

1 February 2007, Brighton, United Kingdom. Twelve schools in Brighton & Hove, Southern England, have signed a biodiversity manifesto. With their signature they promise to conserve and increase biodiversity on their grounds, including through a biodiversity action plan, recycling and education on wildlife habitats.

“School grounds cover 15% of green spaces in the city, and for many children these grounds are their only contact with nature”, explains Martin Pett, the project manager.

“Biodiversity Action Plans for School Grounds” are one major element of the Sussex Wildlife Trusts activities to promote biodiversity action in the region. The initiative has received a grant through the UK’s Countdown 2010 Biodiversity Action Fund. The funds supports 34 projects in all British regions with a total of £3.8 million over two years.

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