Pupils flying flag for environment

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PRIMARY students have become the latest to fly the green flag for the borough.

Pupils and staff at Burradon Community Primary School have received Keep Britain Tidy’s Eco-Schools Green Flag, which recognised their commitment and determination to embed sustainability within the whole school.

They are the tenth borough school to receive the flag and among 73 in North Tyneside registered on the Eco-Schools programme.

Ruth MacCallum, Eco-School co-ordinator at the school, said: “The Eco-Schools programme has been an essential resource to the school achieving the Green Flag.

“The children have grown in confidence and resourcefulness as they work together as a team looking at environmental issues and healthy lifestyle choices.

“Our next steps include further developments of the woodland area.

“The children have plans to build homes for hedgehogs from natural materials and make bug houses from recycled plastic bottles.

“Our aim for the future is to become self sufficient through growing and selling our own produce to the local community.”

The school’s initiatives include recycling their used paper, plastic milk bottles, fruit waste and mobile phones; working with council officers to improve their woodland area and pond; and create a garden club.