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Flying the flag
Thursday 30th May, 2013

Flying the flag
Head teacher Mrs Jenny Adams, Eco-coordinator Mrs Katie Laithwaite, MP Yvonne Fovargue, and pupils, Caitlin Molyneux-Winrow, Matthew Bott, Kyle Hitchen, Faye Hill, Abigail Dunne, Jennifer Howarth-Hynes and Emily Gaskell.

Hindley Green Primary is the latest school to achieve the Green Flag Eco-Schools Award.

To celebrate their achievement, the school opened a memorial garden last week (Thursday 23rd May). Pupils buried a time capsule containing memories of the school, and planted a Malus Royalty Tree to mark the occasion.

The school worked closely with Wigan Council’s environmental education officers to come up with eco-friendly ideas to achieve the green flag. Pupils and teachers have since transformed the school – creating vegetable patches, stepping up their recycling routine by using compost bins, a water butt and making sure all their rubbish is separated properly. They've also been busy building wildlife habitats such as nest boxes, bug hotels and hedgehog houses to attract wildlife.

Katie Laithwaite, Eco Co-ordinator at Hindley Green Primary, said: "Everyone at our school has been working hard to become a Green Flag Eco-School and we are very proud of our achievements.

“We began our Eco-Schools journey just one year ago and the ethos around school has really improved. The children and staff have a greater awareness of the need to take care of our precious planet now to have a positive impact upon its future.

“The official opening of our memorial garden was held to celebrate all our school has achieved. It’s our opportunity to reflect upon our schools history and remember past pupils and staff who have supported us along our journey to make our school a success to build a better future together."

MP Yvonne Fovargue, who attended the event, said: “Obtaining the Green Flag award is something that the whole school and its surrounding community can be very proud of. The lessons we learn as children influence our behaviour throughout our lives and I was very impressed by the knowledge pupils exhibited about the environment and how we can reduce our carbon footprint and take care of our local environment."

For more information about becoming an Eco-School or for any recycling related enquiries please call 01942 404364.

Schools can apply for the Award via Keep Britain Tidy who run the Eco-Schools Programme in England.

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