Hazlegrove Launches Eco Fest
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Hazlegrove Launches Eco Fest

Hazlegrove has launched an Eco Fest to encourage a commitment to sustainability and eco awareness, with expertise from Higher Farm, Ben Goldsmith and Green Up Your Act.

Higher Farm is a regenerative food and farming business ran by brothers Matteo and Giacomo Grasso and their colleague Basil Gibson. 

Hazlegrove Collaborates On Kitchen Garden Project

Higher Farm will be creating a new kitchen garden in collaboration with Hazlegrove which they hope to roll out into other schools.

Hazlegrove pupils running with their recycled kites

Hazlegrove pupils running with their recycled kites

To raise money for the project, the farmers will run three marathons in three days barefoot along the Jurassic Coast.

Matteo said: ‘Our project is focused on supporting a future for local, natural and accessible food. Our vision with this fundraiser is to set up a kitchen garden at Hazlegrove Prep, to provide nutritious, organic and sustainable food, and to incorporate the pupils, offering an educational experience growing and learning about food.’

Headmaster, Mr Benbow commented: ‘We are also extremely lucky to have Ben Goldsmith, a passionate environmentalist, as our patron this year and as well as supporting his Iris Project charity which helps outstanding young individuals in finding solutions to the climate and ecological crisis, we will also be supporting the Young People’s Trust for the Environment.’

What happened during Eco Fest?

Hazlegrove School creating solar panels

Hazlegrove School creating solar panels

There was a range of talks from the Young People’s Trust for the Environment, workshops from Green Up Your Act, children created wind-turbines and solar panels and they created sustainable gifts for a ‘Swap-Shop’. 

Pupils enjoyed hosting a pre-loved fashion show and learnt a French rap about sustainability.