SCHOOLGIRLS are looking to a greener future.
Environmentally friendly girls at The Queen’s Lower School in Chester have been recycling and saving electricity to help protect the planet.
Their commitment has now been recognised with the award of Bronze eco status from Eco- Schools.
The Eco-Schools programme encourages schools to become more sustainable and, by following its programme, Queen’s is reducing its environmental impact. One of the next steps is a plan to set up a composting scheme to recycle the food waste from the kitchen.
The infants play area is also being redeveloped with new bedding areas to attract more wildlife and large log piles to encourage lots of mini- beasts, from beetles to butterflies.
The school secretary is also on board and is now ensuring that all the office supplies are sourced from environmentally friendly companies.
Headteacher Felicity Taylor is delighted with the girls’ eco actions.
She said: “As a school, we are committed to playing our part in addressing climate change and reducing the environmental impact of the school’s activities.
“I am extremely proud of the fantastic hard work and determination of our young pupils and look forward to seeing how they take on the challenge of Silver Eco Status.”
As part of the commitment to the Eco Status, the school’s gardening club is gardening organically and is now affiliated to Duchy Originals – the Prince of Wales’ company that promotes natural products and sustainability.
Duchy Originals’ Organic Gardens for Schools project has been running for eight years and focuses on helping children understand where food comes from and the importance of vegetables in a healthy diet.
Eco-Schools is run by the Foundation for Environmental Education and supported by a wide variety of partners.