Hills Students and staff embrace the College’s first-ever Eco-week

Once again, Hills students demonstrated their support for social action with the College’s first-ever Eco-week!

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Our Eco-week

This event was packed with environmentally themed activities to help students consider how they can be more environmentally aware while also raising money for valuable causes.

The week kicked-off with 300 students and staff taking part in a fun run and cycle ride which raised £5,000 for the World Wildlife Fund and the Rainforest Alliance.

Continuing with the theme of the environment and sustainability, students and staff were treated to a large display of books that had been donated through a book swap. They were able to browse through the huge variety of books on offer and take home any that appealed to them!

The Cambridge Beekeepers Association shared with students the importance of bees and other UK insect species, and how our ecosystem would collapse without them.

The eco-week finale was an eco-fair which included a clothes swap of unwanted clothes donated by staff and students; the remaining items were donated to the East Anglian Children Hospice charity shop.

Local eco-friendly artists and vendors also took part in the eco-fair including Planet Friendly Living, which sells eco-friendly household products; Green Weigh Shop, a local minimal waste shop based in Sawston; Soap & Clay, which specialises in artisan soap and bath products that are kind to nature; Haddenham Arts Centre, a cultural hub that uses the Arts to enrich people’s lives; Sadi Soul Arts, who provide workshops for upcycling everyday items; Gretel’s Metals, a sole trader who makes handmade jewellery, and Annie Brown a local artist.

Congratulations to everyone who took part in eco-week, it was a huge success, and we look forward to making it bigger and better next year!

A huge thanks to students and staff who made our first eco-week such a success. There was a lively trade in pre-loved clothes, following on from the book swap the day before and there were some lovely eco-conscious exhibitors and information stands at the eco-fair too

Jo Trump, Principal

This was a great opportunity for me to not only display and sell my jewellery but also to share my story. Events like this are really important and inspirational. Thank you

Gretel from Gretel’s Metals

The clothes swap was a huge success with so many students and staff donating pieces of clothing and then lots of them coming along to pick up items to add to their wardrobes