SCHOOL children have proven their green credentials to win a nationally recognised award.
Eco-warriors from Boundary Park Primary School, on Dinmore Avenue, Grange Park, Blackpool, ticked all the boxes to be given Green Flag award status – recognised for their recycling and vegetable growing.
The award status makes Boundary Blackpool’s sixth school to fly the flag.
Sue Robinson, reception class teacher at the primary school, said: “It’s practical, everyday things the children enjoy getting involved with. We’re very proud of them, they’ve developed a lot of skills.
“The children were elated when we found out we’d got the award, a lot of work went into it so the children were very proud of themselves.”
As well as recycling paper, the eco-warriors ensure all fruit and vegetables waste goes in compost bins and litter pick around the school grounds.
The school has raised vegetable beds and their own hens to provide their own food sources. Many of the ingredients now used in class cookery lessons are grown in the gardens.
Mrs Robinson added: “From planting them, to growing them, cooking them then eating them, the children see the whole food process.
“We sold a lot of our vegetables to parents at the end of last term, else we cooked them to sell in our tuck shop.”
Many of the eco-warriors have been inspired to create their own vegetable plots at home since working in their vegetable garden at school.
Mrs Robinson said: “Some of the children have gone home and put things in their own garden, that’s the impact we were hoping to have.”
The Green Flag award has been added to the school’s accolades of winning Blackpool Schools in Bloom for the last two years running.
Boundary Park is the sixth Blackpool school to be awarded the Green Flag status, joining Hawes Side primary, Roseacre Primary. Bispham Endowed, Devonshire Primary and Park Special School.