Our Kentish town byelection candidate visited Montpelier nursery last Friday to see their building and plans for the re-development using a grant of roughly £350,000 to re-build the nursery from scratch.
“The Green Party fully endorses the work about to be done at Montpelier nursery and its commitment to reducing carbon emissions. The children and staff have been using a building that is highly inefficient in saving energy and was in desperate need of an overhall.
Its new plans for an eco-refit include an eco-roof that traps sunlight in winter but tilts to keep it cool in summer, water butts to collect rain water, solar panels for water heating, and a recycling area that will be a first in Camden. Seeing investment going into publicly used buildings gives hope to the importance of reducing carbon emissions and tackling climate change. The scheme has seen help come from parents who have donated their time to design the eco-building from scratch.
I am excited for the children, parents and staff. An excellent extra is that Montpelier has totally included the children in the whole process, asking their ideas on the design, and encouraging them to create models of their new nursery. It gives me hope to see young children engaging in the Green agenda by making a recycled house out of recycled cereal boxes teaches them early on the benefits of reusing materials and reducing waste. The children made a replica of their new nursery out of recycled cereal boxes with their own designs. One child said of the new building..he wanted a Lion in it!”