School’s award for green approach

A SCHOOL’S keenness to be the greenest has bagged it an award.

Great Waldingfield Primary School’s ideas have bagged the waste and recycling prize at Suffolk County Council’s Creating the Greenest County awards.

Headteacher Angie Jones said the whole school has got involved in schemes to help the environment.

“We built compost bays, we keep a school chicken to recycle our food scraps and we’ve built garden areas for the children to learn to grow things for the kitchen,” she said.

“We’ve had charity East Feast working with us and have done surveys on the food that is wasted in school and at home, in connection with the Love Food, Hate Waste campaign.”

Pupils have also created mobiles out of waste items and recycled paper, while any large boxes brought in by parents are soon given a new lease of life as buses, cars and forts on the playground.

“I also have a team of eco warriors, who take responsibility for the grounds, check lights are switched off and lots of other tasks,” added Mrs Jones.

Last year’s lead eco warrior William Champken and his successor, Connor Steed, picked up the school’s award with Mrs Jones to mark a special moment.

“The children were so pleased – they have shown a big interest in this,” said Mrs Jones.

The landscape and biodiversity award was presented to Sudbury Common Lands Charity’s riverside project team of volunteers.

Adrian Walters, Sudbury common lands ranger, said: “I applied for this award on the volunteers’ behalf, as they are a very dedicated bunch who come out in all weathers.”

Mr Walters said the 15-strong group’s work includes maintenance of footpaths, hedges, clearing of grasslands and countless other duties along the River Stour.

“I really feel that they deserved recognition and the people of Sudbury should give them a thank you too,” he added.

The Leavenheath, Polsted and Stoke-by-Nayland community woodland steering group was also rewarded for its work on Dedham Vale with the area of outstanding natural beauty award.

ECO WARRIORS: Great Waldingfield Primary School pupils help to recycle food as compost. The school has won a greenest county award for its eco-friendly efforts.

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