Youngsters at a Middlesbrough primary school are celebrating after landing their first Green Flag award.
Pupils at Hemlington Hall Primary won the prestigious accolade from Eco Schools and Keep Britain Tidy in recognition of their commitment to the environment.
The school’s Eco Council has encouraged pupils of all ages to do their bit by saving electricity, reusing items and recycling as much as possible both at school and at homes.
The award also follows the completion of the school’s Wildlife Garden by Deerness Fencing & Landscaping, part of Esh Group.
Only eight schools in the Middlesbrough area currently have a Green Flag award, which is judged by an assessor from Eco Schools, an international award programme that advises schools on sustainability by helping to embed eco principles into the heart of school life.
Work started at the school last year to re-model the existing pond and wildlife area as an extension to the existing ‘Edible Garden’ which was created as an entry into the ‘Grow With Esh’ competition last year and went on to win second prize. The garden includes an orchard, tree plantations, a new five-sided paved area, planters, seats and gravel paths.
Hemlington Hall teacher Martyn Walker, who helped to set up the Wildlife Garden, said: “It is fantastic that Esh Group is taking such a proactive approach to the environment and local community.
“Our Wildlife Garden has brought together our community and encouraged pupils to become excited about the outdoors - one pupil has even added a greenhouse to the top of his Christmas list!
“The garden has been an amazingly valuable resource for learning as an Eco School, and we are committed to changing the way in which our pupils view what and how they eat.
“We are aiming to develop a real understanding amongst our children about food production – to see the process from start to finish. We hope this will stand them in good stead well into adulthood.”
Headteacher Karen Edmenson said: “We are very proud of the staff and Eco Council who have worked hard to enable everyone at Hemlington Hall to achieve this award.
“We are all looking forward to raising the flag and will make sure we continue to maintain a high Eco profile.”
Esh Group Contracts Manager David Hind added: “Hemlington Hall School has done a great job of this garden.
“We are very proud to have been able to support them in the achievement of their Green Flag Award.”