Children create a real buzz for environment

Pupils at St William's Catholic Primary School who have been making a big impact on the environment. They are pictured with their insect hotels.

Pupils at St William's Catholic Primary School who have been making a big impact on the environment. They are pictured with their insect hotels.

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A SMALL school has been making a big impact on the environment.

St William’s Catholic Primary School in Pilling has excelled in its environmental endeavours, gaining its Bronze, Silver and Gold Eco-School’s Status over just one school year.

The school was last term granted the international Eco Schools award guides schools for their sustainable work.

But not content with just this award the school has also entered itself into a number of local competitions too, scooping first place prizes and commendations.

William Parkinson, Year Two teacher at the school and leader of the eco activities, said: “We’re very proud of what the children have done in such a short space of time and for such a small school.”

And the school has been buzzing with activity since it won Wyre Rotary Club’s competition to build a bee garden.

Schoolchildren, led by Mr Parkinson, created the habitat for bees using just a tyre, canes and packets of seeds.

The school is this term using their Rotary Club prize vouchers to plant bulbs in a dedicated Jubilee garden, as well as working on creating an outdoor classroom in the school grounds on Garstang Road, Pilling.

Mr Parkinson added: “We try to do a lot of work outside now. We have gardening club too which almost the whole school comes along to.”

This week some of the older pupils are preparing to share their ideas and work with others at an eco conference this Friday, held at Cardinal Allen High School, in Fleetwood.

Mr Parkinson said: “The children are putting together a presentation to share their work with other schools.

Headteacher Ella Wort said she was proud of the children.

She said: “The children have always been aware of switching off lights, recycling and reusing things. They’re really very inspired by it and have worked very hard.”