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Schools use people power to go green

Eco conference at Cardinal Allen High School.  Pictured is Lamiha Mashruta, 7 and Luke Greenhalgh, 8, from St Mary's Primary School with plastic bottles to be recycled.

Eco conference at Cardinal Allen High School. Pictured is Lamiha Mashruta, 7 and Luke Greenhalgh, 8, from St Mary's Primary School with plastic bottles to be recycled.

The Fylde coast is one of the greenest places in the UK, according to the head of one of the area’s top eco schools.

Cardinal Allen High School, in Fleetwood, hosted its seventh annual eco conference to celebrate the environmental efforts of 14 schools from Bispham to Great Eccleston.

Eighty children joined in the event, taking a tour of the school’s eco facilities, from its allotments and garden to it use of recycling bins and 
energy saving light bulbs.

The day also gives children a chance to share with others the work they have done in schools to help the environment, from cutting down on food waste and packaging to holding blackout days to save electricity.

Andy Harding, community co-ordinator for the high school, on Melbourne Avenue, said: “The children share their experiences for them to see what others have done and pick up ideas.”

The projects include pupils at St William’s Catholic Primary School, Pilling, making sculptures and an outdoor learning area from a tree which was blown down in their school grounds during the recent storms.

And St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Fleetwood told how they have been awarded a grant for their work looking after the beach at Fleetwood.

The eco conference started in 2007 with just four schools but has quickly grown, this year welcoming its 15th member. Mr Harding added: “It’s about developing our community links, working together to help the environment, which is really important.

“The highlight for the day was seeing all the presentations and the amount of activities going on in this area.

“We must be one of the most eco friendly areas in the country.”

Children also took part in competitions making sculptures from waste packaging (Larkholme Primary School, Fleetwood), seeing which school made the least waste from its packed lunches (St John’s Primary School, Poulton) and an eco quiz (won by Sacred Heart Primary School, Thornton).

Other competitions took place in the months running up the event, with Northfold Primary School, Cleveleys, reducing their energy usage the most per pupil, and St Bernadette’s Primary School, Bispham, saving the most electricity over a two week period.

The event, on Friday, January 17, also saw assessors visit Cardinal Allen to see if it eligible for eco ambassador status, an award which recognises efforts to be more eco friendly.

If chosen the Fleetwood school would be one of just two in the North West to take the prestigious title. The school is due to find out if it impressed assessors during the Easter term.

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