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Wigan Borough – top of the eco class
Friday 23rd November, 2012

Just a couple of weeks after national success for the borough at Britain in Bloom, local school children and their teachers gathered to be congratulated for being at the top of the eco class once again.

Over a quarter of local schools have achieved the prestigious Green Flag Award on the Eco-Schools Programme – putting the borough in first place nationally.

The celebration event at St Peter’s Pavilion recognised this achievement and pupils and staff from 45 schools went along to share success stories about the environmental projects which they have been carrying out over the last year.

St Mary's Catholic High in Astley talked about their school’s waste and litter campaign and showed a DVD that they made to show to pupils during the campaign. Aspull Our Lady's RC Primary carried out a performance and read a poem on a global citizenship theme to do with harvest around the world.

Cllr Myra Whiteside, Mayor of Wigan Borough, presented awards to thank the schools for their hard work and commitment to the Eco-Schools Programme.

The council’s cabinet lead for young people, Cllr Susan Loudon, who opened the celebration, said: “Our aim is to get as many schools as possible working alongside us to look after their environment. The schools have carried out some fantastic environmental projects this year and as a result many of them gained an Eco-Schools Award. I hope that next year, we’ll see even more schools achieving Green Flag status.”

Working closely with Wigan Council’s environmental education officers, schools have been working to look after their environment by carrying out projects around the 9 Eco-Schools’ topics: waste, litter, energy, water, biodiversity, school grounds, transport, healthy living and global citizenship. Officers have carried out assemblies and lessons with over 12,500 local pupils in the last year.

Lessons explain to pupils know how important it is to reduce, re-use and recycle as much as possible and to encourage pupils to always put their litter in the bin. They are asked to take that message home to encourage even more people to do their bit to look after their environment.

93 per cent (125) schools in Wigan Borough have now registered on the Eco-Schools Programme – that’s second nationally for the amount of schools registered. 28 per cent have now achieved the prestigious Green Flag Award - first nationally for the amount of schools with a Green Flag.

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