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St Philip’s New Hedge Fund
Wednesday 25th November, 2009

St Philip’s New Hedge Fund
Ellen Belshaw of the council's eco team meets the St Philip's School Council to present them with their certificate.

The economy may be in the red, but pupils at St Philip’s Primary in Hindley are definitely in the green after their successful school Eco Week. And, planning for the future, they’ve even started their own hedge fund!

The Castle Hill school now has its classes up to speed on issues about recycling and litter – and a brand new laurel hedgerow in the school grounds as well.

Class teacher Martin Flute, said: “The pupils really enjoyed their eco-week. Not only have the pupils learned about the problems that face their environment, they have also had the opportunity to discuss ideas about how they can help”.

Council officers visited the school over the course of their week’s events. Recycling experts discussed energy and waste management with the youngsters and environment experts delivered lessons about water, biodiversity and litter. The new hedge was planted as a direct way to encourage local wildlife. And, at the end of the week, officers presented the school council with a certificate in recognition of their achievements.

The council’s environment champion, Cllr David Molyneux, says: “It’s good to see that these young people are not only showing an interest in environmental issues but are also working together to take action. It just goes to show that no matter what your age you can do something to improve our environment.”

The school is already part of the national Eco School initiative and has a level one Green Flag for its existing eco work, which it is keen to develop further. The council’s environmental education team work with schools across the borough to support their work as Eco Schools and promote awareness and responsibility for the local environment.

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