Eco Award for Wendover School
5:38pm 4th July 2011
(Updated 5:44pm 4th July 2011)
Pupils at John Hampden School, Wendover, are the proud owners of a coveted Green Flag for their outstanding environmental work.
The Green Flag award, the most prestigious and highest Eco-Schools trophy, was presented to the school at a celebratory assembly today by Buckinghamshire County Council Chairman Mike Colston.
The school becomes the 21st out of 235 schools in Buckinghamshire to receive the award.
Organised by Deputy Head Sue Lipscomb, and a group of pupils, parents and governors, the environmental project involved the whole school in composting fruit and vegetable remains to use in the vegetable garden, growing herbs and vegetables to use in cookery club, creating a variety of wildlife habitats in the school grounds, and recycling a wide range of items.
Sue was inspired to start the project three years ago after a two-week environmental trip for teachers to visit rainforest areas in Ecuador.
Eco-Schools, managed in England by Keep Britain Tidy, is a programme in which schools can excel in environmental activity. Children at John Hampden have been working with the County Council’s Sustainability team since 2008, to help improve the environmental quality of the school, and have also partnered with neighbouring Wendover Church of England Junior School to create a woodland and wildflower meadow.
Mr Colston said: “Encouraging our children at a young age to think about our environment and how they can help to protect it is, in my view, of the utmost importance. Congratulations to the school for this fantastic achievement.”
Headteacher Sue Barnes said: “We are very proud to receive the Green Flag award and I would like to thank everyone who took part in helping us achieve this. The pupils at our schools have certainly driven the programme forward and I am sure each one will be able to take away some degree of satisfaction in the knowledge that their actions have significantly altered their local environment. It has been a fantastic initiative for all involved, however it is by no means over, as the greater challenge is to maintain what we have achieved so far and look towards ways of improving even further.”
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