Primary school in Norton receives national green flag for its eco work

Norton Primary School receives the eco schools green flag.  Picutred with some of the kids are headteacher Stella Hart and Eco Schools Co-ordinator Heidi Harris.

Norton Primary School receives the eco schools green flag. Picutred with some of the kids are headteacher Stella Hart and Eco Schools Co-ordinator Heidi Harris.

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Youngsters at Norton Primary School have celebrated after the gaining the eco schools green flag award.

The three year project involving more than 100 children saw them design a wildlife area, installi solar panels, cut energy waste and recycle including making their own compost.

Heidi Harris, eco school coordinator, said: “The children were very excited.

“It is nice to feel that all their hard work has paid off in the end.”

She said the school had to carry out three projects over three years.

The largest of these involved the design by pupils of a new wildlife area and its subsequent creation.

“We also fitted solar panels which generates most of the schoolss energy while the children have been monitoring energy wastage and looking at ways of saving energy such as switching off the lights or the computers when finished with them and closing doors to keep in the heat,” Heidi said.

The final part of its work involved recycling and included children looking at cutting food wastage and using some of it to make compost.

The project was led by a team of ‘eco warrior’ pupils in the school.

The eco schools green flag scheme is run by Keep Britain Tidy.

“The children also had to demonstrate that they had taken what they had learnt and applied it at home and one girl told us how she had told her mummy off for leaving the TV on standby,” Heidi said.