Pupil Leadership: Eco-Warriors and Gardening Club



The Eco-Warriors arranged a visit to the Cherwell District Council waste depot on Thorpe Road Industrial Estate to find out more about how we can become more sustainable and recycle more efficiently at Dashwood.

The visit helped us all to learn so much about how to recycle our waste. We learned that we can also recycle ‘flimsy plastic’ such as snack packets and we even managed to acquire a new bin to collect this type of rubbish in. We plan to write to our local MP Victoria Prentis to find out more about future plans for recycling rubbish, such as flimsy plastic, in Cherwell. Watch this space!

We took and walk around the depot site and learned how all of the waste disposed of in our community is taken care of. We also had the chance to look around and sit in a waste collection vehicle.

The visit was very interesting and helped us to understand more about how we can support recycling at Dashwood.

Litter Picking

Our pupils are very proactive at keeping our school site tidy and choose to complete regular litter picks at lunch times. Unfortunately, rubbish does blow on to site and often gets stuck in the bushes that line our perimeter fencing. It is great that we have some many eager helpers to clear this rubbish with the use of little picking equipment. Cherwell District Council have kindly loaned us some more little pickers and hi-vis jackets to help us with our campaign.



Have you seen our Forest School area recently?

Some of our Eco-Warriors and after school gardening club pupils have been very busy re-developing our Forest School area. So, what have we been up to?

  • Rebuilt the bug house to give some of our insect friends a place to hide
  • Planted green beans and made a cane wigwam to help grow them up
  • Got a compost bin up and running so that we can produce our own compost!
  • Prepared a patch ready to grow strawberries in the spring
  • Planting flowers to brighten up our beds
  • Preparing a patch and sowing wildflower seeds…hopefully we will see these grow next year!

Eric (Year 5) reflected on all the efforts: ‘If we all do our little bit to help, we can change a lot’


Gardening Club update May 2023! Click to find out what we have been up to!

Very exciting news

Waitrose Banbury, have kindly donated £500 to the Eco Warriors and Forest School gardening club to regenerate the areas further!

We were so delighted to receive this kind donation, from Emma, on behalf of Waitrose, and know that it will help us greatly to do all the wonderful things that the Eco-Warriors and our Forest School/Gardening Club have planned!

If you have ideas of ways in which we can use this money to make our gardening and forest school area look great, let the Eco-Warriors know! Noah in Year 5 is the lead and is always delighted to chat through any ideas with you!

Eco-Warriors Lead Noah shares his logo creation!

It took me just one week to create this designed log piece. To make it, I bought a log from a shop and sketched a pencil design of the Eco-Warriors logo on it. Then I painted and decorated the log with felt-tip pens. After that, I found a suitable place to display my creation!

Where next

Head Pupils

As the academic year draws to a close, our Year 6 pupil leadership team came together to lead the pupil interviews for leadership roles for next…

Head Pupils

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