Ryde School in UNESCO World Biosphere

Ryde Junior School's Year 5 pupils recently hosted some very important visitors, including Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely, who had been invited into the school to talk to pupils about the Isle of Wight's bid for UNESCO World Biosphere status.

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26th June 2019 — The pupils are all participating in the Island's Mardi Gras parade, which has as its theme this year the Island Biosphere, and the pupils showed their guests the dances and costumes that they have prepared. The parade takes place on Saturday 29 July and is organised by The New Carnival Company, who who have also supported the bid from its outset.

Less than a week after the visit the pupils heard the fantastic news that the Isle of Wight has been crowned as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and has therefore been world recognised for its unique mix of plants and animals, valued environment and the sustainable way of life of the people who live and work within the biosphere reserve. The Isle of Wight is only the seventh location in the UK to be awarded this special status.



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