Win a green roof for your school

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National Science and Engineering Week 2010 kicks off in March. To mark the week the British Science Association is offering to build a 200 square metre Green Roof on top of a school in the UK.

The roof will be a lasting legacy of NSEW’s ‘What on Earth’ campaign, run in conjunction with iSpot, which encourages kids to take a closer look at the wonderful flora and fauna that inhabit our local area.

NSEW’s green roof - created in conjunction with leading urban ecologist and wildlife TV presenter Dusty Gedge and sponsors Sika Sarnafil - will act as an outdoor classroom to help students learn about the wildlife around them and why it is so important to protect it. This is particularly important at a time when the habitats of some of our oldest and most loved species, such as the stag beetle and corncrake are in decline. 

To win, schools need to encourage pupils, their families, and the wider community to upload a snap of something they don’t recognise in their garden, local park, school ground or hedgerow to www. whatonearth.org.uk where NSEW’s specialists from all fields of natural science will examine, identify and catalogue as many finds as they can over the course of the week and beyond. 

The aim is to spot, collect and identify as many species as possible over the course of the week, painting a fascinating picture of UK wildlife for us all to observe and enjoy.

The NSEW green roof will be awarded to a school in the area which has shown most support for National Science & Engineering Week’s ‘What on Earth’ campaign and uploaded the most pictures (averaged across the local population)

Dr Jacky Chave, Strategic Schools Manager for the Royal Horticultural Society said: “This is a fantastic initiative from The British Science Association. Green Roofs are a feat of science and engineering designed to encourage wildlife and help children gain a better understanding of the diversity and beauty of the nature around them.”

To nominate a school to win the biodiverse green roof, visit www. britishscienceassociation.org/rooftopgarden or  call on 020 7019 4937.

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