The team of ‘eco warriors’ from Osgodby Primary School in West Lindsey have been crowned winners at the Lincolnshire Young Environmentalist Awards 2015, sponsored by FCC Environment.
Hosted at the Bentley Hotel, pupils from all five of the finalist schools made presentations to a panel of judges, chaired by the famous botanist and television presenter, Prof David Bellamy.
There was high competition from the other schools in the finals, who were Bourne Westfield Primary Academy, St Gilbert’s CofE Primary School in Stamford, Lincoln Minster School and St Gilbert of Sempringham CofE School in Pointon.
The top prize included a certificate, a trophy and a cheque for £250.
The ceremony is run yearly by Lindum Rotary Club and the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and is designed to celebrate carbon reduction and wildlife encouraging initiatives.
Several of the finalist schools were participants in Lincolnshire County Council’s SCoRE Programme (Schools Collaboration on Resource Efficiency).
SCoRE is a free, student-led educational programme available to all schools in Lincolnshire and focuses on energy reduction.
Sarah Greig, school business manager and senior administrator at Osgodby Primary School, described how sustainability permeates all areas of the school.
“I started this project of environmental work a couple of years ago as part of Lincolnshire Council’s SCoRE scheme,” she said.
“Each summer, we train up a new team of eco warriors who will be the ambassadors for the school.”
“They won this year in recognition of all the environmental work we do here at Osgodby.
“This ranges from growing vegetables in our allotment to saving water in water butts, LED lights in classrooms and recycling.”
“The team work hard every day going round the classrooms at break and lunch time to check that all electrical items such as lights and computers have been switched off.”
“We check each month how much electricity we have saved.”
The ‘eco warriors’ also shared their thoughts on winning.
“We are delighted, amazed and thrilled,” they said as a group.
“We thought that everyone else did brilliantly, especially some of the schools who brought their very young children.”
“But we are really glad that it us who won.”
“We want to put the money towards some solar panels.”
The SCoRE Programme is run by Lincolnshire Council’s Sustainability Team and is free to participate for maintained and academy schools.
For more information on the SCoRE Programme, please visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/score or email firstname.lastname@example.org