Schools going green to win

Nigel Burch and Jayne Shale of South Holland District Council's economic development team.
Nigel Burch and Jayne Shale of South Holland District Council's economic development team.
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Waste recycling, energy saving and litter picking can turn your school into a winner at this year’s Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards.

Sponsored by Duncan and Toplis Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers, we are looking for the pupil, student, class or school that has done the most to improve its carbon footprint and quality of life through green initiatives.

Whether it’s through creating school uniforms out of recycled clothes, introducing minipods for bicycles in the school car park or investing in solar panels on the school roof, the Environmental Award is open to you.

The category is sponsored by South Holland District Council whose commitment to environmental issues is highlighted by its Green Bag Lottery scheme, a cash reward encouraging households to recycle their waste.

Nigel Burch, the council’s senior economic development officer, said: “We are delighted and proud to be sponsoring the Environmental category in this year’s Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards.

“The work that schools do to help support the environment may sometimes go unrecognised by the wider public.

“That is why these awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the achievements of pupils, teachers and staff from schools across the district and beyond by giving them the recognition they deserve.

“Everyone at South Holland District Council would like to thank all the schools that have entered the awards and wish them the very best of luck.”

Possible candidates could include Matthew Harper (six) of Cowley and Brown’s Primary School who won a competition to design a logo for the council’s recycling scheme.

Another potential entrant is The Deepings School where a new science block is being built, including an outdoor atrium and biomedical laboratory with eco-friendly energy system.

Or what about a partnership between Baston Primary School and volunteers from The Priory School, Spalding, who are turning an overgrown area outside the primary school into a Forest Schools site for children and staff.