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Local schools flying the flag for eco excellence

28 November 2017

Ysgol Bro Ogwr Eco Flag

From new active travel initiatives to using re-claimed materials, schools across Bridgend County Borough are celebrating success after being awarded top awards for their commitment to improving the environment.

Ninety per cent of local schools are registered on Keep Wales Tidy’s Eco-Schools programme, with more than half of them achieving the prestigious ‘Platinum’ status – the highest eco accolade!

One of many schools committed to improving the environment, Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Ogwr have recently achieved their Platinum status after picking up their fourth Green Flag. Their Eco-Schools Platinum assessment found that they saved over £800 on their electricity bill last year by ensuring that unused computers and lights were switched off.

Bryntirion Infants have also achieved the impressive Platinum award this year after they placed a real emphasis on using re-claimed materials in everything they create within the school grounds. They have also been encouraging healthy eating through projects such as the food co-op.

Coychurch Primary is another Platinum eco school thanks to its efforts to encourage pupils and staff to walk, cycle or scoot to school. They also have an allotment which includes an orchard and are engaging pupils in growing projects.

Matthew Bunt, Keep Wales Tidy’s Eco-Schools Officer, said: “It’s fantastic how committed Bridgend County Borough schools are to the Eco-Schools programme. Pupils and teachers are working extremely hard to make a positive impact on the environment and it is definitely showing with so many schools achieving the impressive Platinum Flag.

“I’d like to congratulate all schools involved and thank them for their efforts in showing a massive commitment to the natural world.”

Councillor Huw David, Bridgend County Borough Council’s Leader, said: “We are very proud of our schools continuously proving their green credentials and showing such dedication towards sustainable development. I look forward to hearing about more of local pupils’ exciting eco ideas soon.”

Photo caption: Eco-friendly pupils from Ysgol Bro Ogwr have achieved the prestigious platinum status from Keep Wales Tidy.

Last Updated: 01/12/2017
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