School award helps village live up to eco credentials

Youngsters preparing for the overnight camp at Long Sutton Primary School. Photo: SG051012-17MD
Youngsters preparing for the overnight camp at Long Sutton Primary School. Photo: SG051012-17MD

Long Sutton Primary School has been living up to the town’s credentials as home to some of the UK’s most progressive eco social housing and office developments.

The school’s eco-warrior campaign won an East Midlands in Bloom award last week for the three living willow domes planted as an outdoor classroom by parents and volunteers from Long Sutton in Bloom.

And on Friday night 74 pupils camped out in the grounds in a tent village to get closer to nature by star-gazing, orienteering and cooking baked potatoes on a campfire.

Teacher in charge of the school’s eco-warrior project Sarah Stewart said: “Before I came, solar panels were installed which earn us £4,000 every year in tariffs from the National Grid for green energy.

“We have pupils who live in the eco-houses and awareness among all the children is quite high.

“I started eco-warriors here in 2010 which means that each year every class from year one upwards stages an election and the children vote for one eco-warrior per class.

“The eco-warriors make sure everyone is recycling correctly using the bins we bought with a grant from Exxon Mobil both and decide how the tariff budget is spent on further green measures for the school.

“In 2012 they decided they’d like an outdoor classroom and opted for the willow domes to spend some of the money on.

“They decided where to site them and asked the volunteers to help out, planting on a weekend.

“The domes have been great and we’re still having lessons out of doors. We had an opening ceremony for them in July.”