|Jane Denny Herefordshire Council’s sustainability officer, Councillor Russell B Hamilton, His Right Worshipful the Mayor of Hereford Councillor Phil Edwards and Councillor Jeremy Millar are pictured at the event with local school children proudly displaying their eco certificates|
Schools from across Herefordshire have come together to celebrate their successful environmental projects.
Herefordshire Council’s sustainability team organised the Schools Celebration Event at Hereford Town Hall on Friday 5 July, which was attended by over 80 children from eight of the county’s schools.
Councillor Russell B Hamilton, cabinet member for environment, housing and planning, said: “I am a keen advocate of environmental projects across the county and I am delighted with how hard our local schools have worked to implement different initiatives. I was pleased to have the opportunity to meet our ‘environmental champions’ who lead on these projects and play such an invaluable role in inspiring future generations.
“I always enjoy these celebrations, as the work the children are doing is so important for our future environment. I would like to reiterate my thanks to each and every one of the children, their teachers and of course their parents for supporting them.”
Councillor Jeremy Millar, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “I was honoured to attend the Schools Celebration Event and help to present certificates to the teachers and pupils in recognition of their achievements with the schools energy programme, the eco schools green flag award and the green infrastructure project.”
Councillor Phil Edwards, His Right Worshipful the Mayor of Hereford, said: “I feel it is incredibly important to support these environmental projects across the county and I was delighted to attend the recent event at the Town Hall and support our future ‘environmental champions’.”
Pupils from Gorsley Goffs Primary School, Leominster Junior School, Lord Scudamore Academy, St Mary’s CE Primary School, Stoke Prior Primary School, Weobley Primary School, Whitchurch CE Primary School and Whitecross High School and Specialist Sports College proudly delivered presentations on their environmental projects, which not only allowed the sharing of best practice but also helped to develop their confidence in public speaking.
Whitchurch CE Primary School was given a special mention during the event, after becoming the first school in Herefordshire to be awarded the Eco Schools Ambassador Award, an award which only 11 other schools across the entire country have achieved this year.
St Mary’s CE Primary School and Whitecross High School and Specialist Sports College had also taken part in a council competition to ‘make recycling sing’ and enthusiastically performed their jingles on the day. The overall winner was Whitecross, who as part of their prize had their jingle recorded by BBC Hereford and Worcester for airing on the radio at a later date.