Dermot O’Leary’s eco prize for green youngsters

Pupils project wins regional award and �1,000 for Turners Hill school
Pupils project wins regional award and �1,000 for Turners Hill school
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Twenty youngsters running an eco-friendly company received a specially commissioned trophy and a £1,000 cheque for their school from TV favourite Dermot O’Leary.

The pupils’ enterprise saw Turners Hill CE Primary School named Total Green School Awards Regional Champion at an awards event in London Zoo on Thursday (June 16). They were thrilled as they were presented with the regional award for their school.

Year 3 pupils had planted woodland for their school project ‘Coppicing for the Community’ seven years ago. Youngsters wanted to supply wood for a biomass boiler to be installed at the school in Church Road but due to a lack of budget instead formed Turners Hill Coppicing Company which sells coppiced wood to the community.

Headteacher Ben Turney said his school was delighted at the result after nearly 34,000 schoolchildren aged five to 11 entered the competition.

Mr Turney said: “We have had a long history of participating in the compeition and are thrilled that as our work on sustainability evolves the children are able to enjoy the fun and challenge of entering such a brilliant competition.

“The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about coppicing setting up thier own company related to this less well-known countryside skill. By broadening the children’s understanding of the enviroment and how it can be cared for we aim to supports the schoo’s motto of developing ‘stewards of the Earth’.”

TV presenter Dermot O’Leary is president of Young People’s Trust for the Environment (YPTE), which runs the competition with oil and gas company Total. YPTE director, Peter Littlewood, said the Turners Hill project covered a wide area of the Curriculum and added: “Being able to form their own company, design their logo and their products, learn new forestry and craft skills and do the maths to work out their work has benefited the environment and the community too. It’s brilliant!”

English Martyrs’ Catholic Voluntary Academy, Long Eaton, Derbyshire, was this year’s national winner.

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