Eco-minded youngsters fly the flag for Mother Earth

Swineshead St Mary's CofE and Sutterton Fourfields CofE primary schools are celebrating achieving a Green Flag Award. Pictured (from left) Libby Hawes, seven, George Tunnard, eight, Jack Lilley, nine, James Quesne, 11, Linda Baldwin, head of school at Sutterton, Victoria Beardsley, 10, Harry Lynch, 11, and Hannah Stafford, six.

Swineshead St Mary's CofE and Sutterton Fourfields CofE primary schools are celebrating achieving a Green Flag Award. Pictured (from left) Libby Hawes, seven, George Tunnard, eight, Jack Lilley, nine, James Quesne, 11, Linda Baldwin, head of school at Sutterton, Victoria Beardsley, 10, Harry Lynch, 11, and Hannah Stafford, six.

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TWO village primary schools are flying the flag for Mother Earth after award success in an international environmental programme.

Youngsters at the federated Swineshead St Mary’s and Sutterton Fourfields CofE schools have secured Green Flag status after impressing judges with their ‘green’ credentials.

The coveted award, which recognises excellence in the field of environmental activity, is presented through the Eco-Schools scheme.

To achieve the status, schools have to be put through a rigorous day of assessment from Keep Britain Tidy judges.

The young environmentalists gave guided tours and class presentations and, as head teacher Rob Little explained, more than rose to the challenge.

“We could not have been more proud of how each and every child contributed to not just the day, but to the whole ethos we now stand by,” he said.

“Even the children who were on a school trip left a video they had made as they didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to share all their hard work.”

The schools have been working towards the Green Flag status for the past 18 months and among the ‘green’ additions at the sites shown to assessors were solar panels, water-saving devices in the toilet cisterns, a wild flower meadow, orchards and allotments.

“The assessors were immensely impressed and ‘recommended highly’ to the Eco-Schools organisation that we should attain our Green Flag status,” said Mr Little.

The ‘green’-spirited work shows no sign of slowing down at the schools, with Sutterton Fourfields since taking delivery of a recycling bin for the whole community and Swineshead St Mary’s recently completing work on a bottle greenhouse - one made entirely from recycled plastic bottles.

l Has your school won an award? Email david.seymour@jpress.co.uk