Pilling primary school wins £2,500 ecoaward

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A Wyre primary school has scooped £2,500 in the WWF (World Wide Fund For Nature) Green Ambassador School of the Year Awards, for its outstanding eco friendly initiatives.

Pilling St John’s C of E Primary School fought off competition from nearly 100 other schools pupils and teachers to win a coveted runner-up prize.

The judges particularly wanted to recognise Pilling School for their efforts to reach out beyond their school to others both in the UK and globally

Karen Gates, WWF-UK

They received their award at a special ceremony at the WWF’s Living Planet Centre in Woking, Surrey.

Headteacher Pauline Tate said: “We’re so proud to have been chosen for a prize and are committed to putting the environment at the heart of our school life and spreading the message further into the community.”

The school’s eco-projects included building an ‘eco’ outdoor classroom made from sustainable materials, growing fruit and vegetables in the school gardens, tackling waste and trying to spread the ‘eco’ word further afield.

Karen Gates, who leads WWF-UK’s Green Ambassadors scheme, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many schools helping to engage the next generation with environmental issues in a fun and accessible way. The judges particularly wanted to recognise Pilling School for their efforts to reach out beyond their school to others both in the UK and globally.

“Although a small school in a rural area, they prepare their pupils to be decision-makers for the future. We hope that their green efforts will inspire other local schools to incorporate the environment in their curriculum and join our Green Ambassadors’ scheme.”

Heald Place Primary School,Manchester won first prize of £5000 and Coastlands CP School from Pembrokeshire was also a runner up.The WWF Green Ambassador Awards aims to inspire primary school children.