Green pupils earn awards

Some of the winners at the It's Our Planet Awards 2011
Some of the winners at the It's Our Planet Awards 2011

More than a hundred pupils and teachers from school across Lancashire gathered at Mytton Fold Hotel in Langho when it hosted the “It’s Our Planet Awards 2011”.

Primary and secondary schools attended the glittering Awards Ceremony, complete with a two-course meal and guest appearance by scientists from the “Flash Bang Science” mobile laboratory.

Introduced last year, the awards highlight the growing importance of green issues in schools and demonstrate the commitment of children and young people to environmental improvements in their schools. Twin Valley Homes were headline sponsors for the event while Mytton Fold Hotel and Golf Complex provided the venue and meal free of charge to show its support.

The now annual event is run by environmental charity Groundwork Pennine Lancashire and provide well-deserved recognition to Lancashire schools for their achievements in categories ranging from sustainable travel and school grounds improvements to carbon footprint reduction and global awareness.

This year’s winners were: Global Citizenship Award – Euxton St Mary’s; Bright Sparks Energy Efficiency Award – Little Digmoor Primary School, Skelmersdale; Sustainable Travel Award – Barrowford Primary School; Waste Savers Award – Astley Park School, Chorley; Green Fingers Award – St Teresa’s Primary School, Skelmersdale; Green Building Award – St Christopher’s High School, Accrington; Eco-supporter Award for Teachers – Susan Hasler-Cregg, St Mary’s Primary School, Pendle; Eco-supporter Award for Pupils – The Eco Group at Pilling St John’s, Preston; Environmental Innovation – Hawes Side Primary School, Blackpool; Green Primary School – The Eco Group at Pilling St John’s, Preston; Green Secondary School – Astley Park School, Chorley.