EKC Broadstairs College has been awarded silver at this year’s Kent Wildlife Trust’s Wilder Kent Awards. The awards scheme recognises and rewards the positive actions that schools, colleges and community groups across Kent are taking to protect wildlife and nature for future generations.
EKC Broadstairs College, part of the Ofsted Outstanding EKC Group, has been working hard to embed sustainability and biodiversity across its campus and curriculum, by promoting sustainability through sport and championing the positive impacts and soft skills achieved by being, working and exercising outside in nature.
The College received bronze in the past two Wilder Kent Awards for their efforts towards boosting Kent’s wildlife. This latest win builds on their previous achievements and recognises the ongoing success of projects such as their onsite forest school, extensive bird and bat boxes, hedgehog highways, biodiverse planting, and College allotment.
EKC Broadstairs College’s commitment to sustainability saw them placed 6th nationally in the Planet Earth Games – Colleges 2023 competition for the creation of an outdoor jungle gym, featuring equipment made from upcycled, natural, or recycled resources. The competition challenged colleges to organise sustainable events and activities to reduce environmental impact and take climate action.
Amicia Wingfield, Programme Director for Sport and Leisure at EKC Broadstairs College said: “Winning this Silver award has been a high point of the year for me and my team. Our aim to deliver sustainability and climate crisis awareness through sport, and to increase wellbeing by exercising in nature has really had a positive impact on learners and staff”.
Now in its 3rd year, 2023 saw the Wilder Kent Awards gain over 65 entries from groups and organisations across the county.
Tom White, Education Officer at Kent Wildlife Trust said: “It’s great to see so many schools and groups across Kent taking positive action for nature and wildlife. The climate and nature crisis is THE single biggest threat this planet faces and these awards help to raise awareness in our communities whilst also helping to safeguard nature and create a more sustainable future.”
Lee Mason-Baldwin, Head of Education and Lifelong Learning at Kent Wildlife Trust said: “A huge thank you to everyone who took part in this year’s awards. We are proud of the achievements of all of our participants and thank you for your contribution. These awards are the perfect example of the ‘Think global, act local’ mindset.”