Local school children learning about the environment

Children from 17 local schools will be descending on Acton Scott Historic Working Farm for an Eco-Schools Activity Day in early May.

The event, on Thursday 2 May 2013, will include a host of workshops for the children including activities such as making recycled inner tube art, energy saving, a bug hunt and slimming your bin. 

Several local organisations will be running workshops, which will be structured around key topics of Eco-Schools – water, transport, energy, biodiversity, healthy living, litter, waste, global citizenship, and school grounds.  Water Aid, Sustrans, Severn Trent Water, Fordhall Farm and Bridges are among those who have confirmed that they will be involved in the day’s events.

Eco-Schools is an international award programme that encourages pupils and teachers to come up with fun, eco-friendly projects to help make their school a more pleasant place to be and reduce its impact on the environment.  Eco-Schools is well supported in Shropshire with over 90% of our schools signed up, over 20 of which have the coveted Green Flag award.  Eco-Schools is a great programme for both pupils and staff, and for making local schools more sustainable.  It can help schools to make both resources and financial savings and efficiencies through a number of different activities, from reducing energy and waste costs to improving school grounds and adding fresh produce to school meals.  It can also help schools to engage with their local community and develop partnerships and projects with local businesses.

Rachel Strivens, Shropshire Council’s Sustainability Manager, said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the great work that we are doing, and can do, with schools, in particular Eco-Schools.”

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James Thompson James Thompson

Waste Prevention Officer, Waste Management, Shropshire Council

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