Thu, 21 Jun 2001
Pupils from Heartsease High School in Norwich spent the morning in
a laboratory at the University of East Anglia (UEA) today (21 June),
analysing soil samples collected from a local industrial site last
The year 9 pupils carried out an experiment to investigate the
effects of 'bio-remediation' on soil that had been contaminated with
"When the Heartsease pupils visited the industrial site last
month they saw the impact of industrial activity on the environment,
today they've had the chance to see the less visible impact, in this
case contamination left in the soil. They have also been examining
the possibilities of using bio-remediation, a kind of composting
technique, for cleaning polluted soils," said Dr Brian Reid of UEA's
School of Environmental Sciences.
In the laboratory, the pupils tested the soil samples for evidence
of a reduction in the levels of pollutants present.
The industrial site and laboratory visits were part of the
Schools-Business Environmental Network initiative, which is run by
the Jackson Environment Institute, (JEI), www.jei.uea.ac.uk,
and supported by the East Anglia Business Environment Club
(EABEC), both of which are based in UEA's School of Environmental
"The Network develops partnerships between schools, the business
community and the university and challenges school children to find
solutions to a range of environmental issues facing businesses today,
such as how to reduce waste," said Susan Crothers, Activity
Co-ordinator for the Jackson Environment Institute.
The Schools-Business Environmental Network was launched in March
by Norwich South MP, Charles Clarke and involves three other schools
in the Norwich area: Earlham High, Fireside Middle and Thorpe Hamlet
Local waste management company, Norfolk Environmental Waste
Services (NEWS) is providing funding for the project, through the
landfill tax credit scheme and the Environmental Projects Agency.