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Pupils celebrate World Environment Day


Pupils take part in eco-activities for World Environment Day.
Pupils take part in eco-activities for World Environment Day.

World Environment Day was celebrated by more than 100 (KS2 7 – 11 years) pupils from 13 primary schools from across Herefordshire who gathered together earlier this month for an Eco Schools Event hosted by St Mary’s RC High School in Lugwardine.

The event was organised by the waste and sustainability team at Herefordshire Council to acknowledge and celebrate the tremendous sustainable development education work that our schools are delivering.

Pupils were keen to get involved in the activities based on the Eco School topics and took part in activities and games about recycling, living healthily, water efficiency, cycling skills and the global impact of our actions.

Organisations contributing to the day were Welsh Water, Concern Universal, Growing Local, Herefordshire Amphibian and Reptile Trust (HART), Beetles and Bees, Ecohere, the Hobo Tree/Kentchurch Forest School, Sam Goddard, Choose How You Move team, Caplor Energy, Master Composters and New Leaf.

There were interactive displays about composting, amphibians and reptiles, green woodworking, insects, growing vegetables and renewable energy for pupils to engage with.

Cllr Russell B. Hamilton, cabinet member for environment, housing and planning said: “On behalf of Herefordshire Council, I would like to thank everyone who contributed so willingly to this event.

“The feedback from everyone has been incredibly positive and both pupils and staff thoroughly enjoyed the day as well as benefiting from new information and ideas that they can implement in their schools and homes to help make Herefordshire an energy efficient county.”

John Powell from Caplor Energy said: “This year’s Eco Schools event provided the perfect opportunity for us to showcase some innovative products that can be used in schools, businesses and homes to help improve energy efficiency and reduce C02 emissions.

“Teachers and children were interactive, inquisitive and willing to get involved with what we had to offer on our stand, making the whole experience of helping to educate the children on environmental and sustainability issues a rewarding and stimulating prospect. We would like to thank Jane for a well organised, coordinated and worthwhile event, which we hope will be a regular fixture in the coming years.”