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The Hive is an eco classroom for Upton Heath Primary School. The Hive will provide students, teachers and parents when it's either too hot, wet or cold to be outside.

by the-hive-upton in Upton, Cheshire West and Chester

The Hive was matchfunded by energyshare bringing the final total to £10,000. 


Check out this time lapse of the solar panels being added to The Hive. 



The Hive is an exciting project that we are working on at Upton Heath Primary School in Chester

It's going to be a multi-purpose space in the playground that will provide:

  • a shady play space for the children at break times
  • an outdoor classroom - a springboard to our pond, woodland and newly sown meadows
  • a performance space
  • some shelter for parents waiting to collect children when its raining
  • last but not least it will be fitted with an array of photovoltaic panels and provide green energy to the school.  Thanks to the Feed In Tariff, The Hive will also be a source of income for 25 years and mean that more of the school budget can be spent on education instead of electricity

Why The Hive?

The Hive was named by one of our Year 5 pupils during a morning challenge that the whole school took part in to find a suitable name for this exciting project.  The Hive will be a fantastic focus for learning about our environment - it will buzz with learning, it will be a Hive of activity filled with (and producing) clean, green, energy

I'm sure you agree that this is a project that needs to happen.  Please pledge whatever you can and then spread the word to anyone else you know that might support us

NB Please note the following information about pledging:

When you go to the pledge page you will be notified of a 'GoCardless' commission charge YOU WILL NOT HAVE TO PAY THIS - all fees are being covered by Energy Share

You can make multiple pledges using the same 'GoCardless' account, [e.g. if different members of the same family wanted to pledge separately].  You still need to create a new Energy Share / People Fund account. Simply create your new account, click on the Pledge button, but then when you’re redirected to 'GoCardless' log in using your previous details instead of adding new card details.

We have noticed that when you go through 'GoCardless' there are some potentially misleading statements made about multiple direct debits.  We have contacted Energy Share and they have confirmed that a pledge is only taken from the donor’s account once, only when our target is reached – and only the exact amount of the pledge is taken.  For instance is someone pledges £10 in week 1 and we reach our target in week 6, then only £10 is then taken from their account.

To reiterate, no money is taken from your account until the 6 week period is up - and only if we achieve the £5000.00 target.  If we don't reach the target no money will be taken.

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