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Rose Court Youngsters Win Environmental Award

Friday 24 September 2010

Environmentally-aware pupils at Rose Court, the pre-prep of The Grammar School at Leeds, have scooped an award for having ZERO grams of waste in their lunch boxes!

Staff at Skelton Grange Environment Centre, in South Leeds, were amazed to discover that the children’s lunch boxes contained absolutely no waste at all.

Two classes of youngsters, now in Year 2, spent a day at the centre in Stourton to learn about ecological issues at the end of their Year 1.  As part of the day each child had brought a packed lunch from home and, after they had eaten, they helped to sort and recycle any leftovers.

Waste which could not be reprocessed was then to be weighed…however there was none.

BTCV project officer, Chris Ensor, said: “It is a fantastic achievement for the classes to produce no waste! It shows how we can all massively reduce the amount of waste we produce with a little thought and planning. Well done to all pupils and parents involved”.

This is the second year running that the school has come top in the competition which is run for all classes that visit Skelton Grange. Skelton Grange is run by BTCV, the UK’s largest charity involving volunteers and the environment.

To mark their achievement Chris visited the school with colleague Elly Robinson to present the children with a trophy and certificates. During his visit he talked about green bin recycling and donated two apple trees that had been grown and grafted by the staff at Skelton Grange.

The trees will be planted in the grounds by the children with help of the school’s outdoor environment coordinator, Mrs Stephanie Munro.

Head of Rose Court, Miss Anne Pickering said: “The children are absolutely delighted to win this award for the second year and many thanks to all the parents who supplied such environmentally friendly lunches!​”

Rose Court pupils receive the award and two apple trees on behalf of their classmates.  They are (L to R) Isabelle Tindall, Tom Grogan, Elly Robinson and Chris Ensor from Skelton Grange Environment Centre, Poppy Reynolds and Monty Poole.

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