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  Rainforest protected
The Cobham Hall, Kent, fundraising non-uniform day held in aid of Rainforest Trust UK, resulted in 240 acres of critical rainforest habitat being protected.
The school’s newly elected Student Leadership Team hosted the event – for a donation of £1, girls could come to school in the chosen theme of ‘Blast from the Past’. Explaining the theme, Year 13 student and Head Girl Lillie Dunn said, “We wanted to
choose a theme that would be easy to participate in, and so many styles have come back into fashion recently.”
Chris Redston, Chairman of Rainforest Trust UK, said, “We are delighted to have the support of Cobham Hall and would like to congratulate the girls on a very successful fundraising event. It is very encouraging to see the younger members of our society taking such a keen interest in rainforest protection, and we
hope that they will continue to play their part in protecting endangered species around the world.”
would like the proceeds raised to go to, as democracy is one of the Round Square IDEALS,” explained Lillie. “We presented three different charities to the
Courses for staff
The Student Leadership Team’s  rst event held true to Cobham Hall’s Round Square ethos, from the fundraising nature of the day itself, to how the bene tting charity was chosen, and the charity selected. “We decided to give the girls the opportunity to choose which charity they
girls, and the Rainforest Trust UK won the most votes. We included this charity as we wanted to represent a range
of different charities to the girls. In addition, we felt it
was  tting as Cobham Hall is very eco-friendly and promotes environmentalism, again one of the IDEALS.”
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An introduction for people who want to start growing organic food at school. Suitable for absolute beginners with no experience of gardening. Covers the basics of organic growing and composting. Practical activities.
Composting in schools
What to compost, how and where. How to develop a successful composting system. Suitable for new school gardeners.
Organic fruit growing
Choosing what to grow, how,when and where. Suitable for anyone new to growing fruit in school.
Healthy soil and plants
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How to develop a healthy organic garden through soil care and management; and
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Seed Saving: Saving seeds for the future
(Drawing on the expertise of Garden Organic’s Heritage Seed Library) An in-depth look at seeds and the importance of seed saving: dispersal, pollination and production. How to safeguard rare vegetable varieties from the threat of extinction. Practical seed-saving activities with links to wider learning that can be used in school to improve the sustainability of growing projects.
Business enterprise
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How to successfully run an organic food growing-based enterprise project with young people as part of wider learning. Practical activities that can be linked to enterprise initiatives.
An introduction to food
growing for school
cooks and caterers
An introduction to when locally grown fruit and vegetables are in season. Composting food waste. How to start growing food for the school meal.
Pictured: Cobham Hall’s Student Leadership Team (all Year 13) being presented with a certi cate from The Rainforest Trust UK by Headmistress Dr Sandra Coates-Smith
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