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CPRE Staffordshire Green Schools award scheme

Members of the eco club by the school pond Members of the eco club by the school pond Sue Kneill-Boxley

The winner of the CPRE Staffordshire Green Schools' Trophy for 2018 is St Leonard's C of E First School in Dunston. They received a trophy and £50 towards their environmental and conservation work.

Despite having just 54 pupils, the school has been doing some great work to create habitats for wildlife. They have made a huge 63x15m sensory garden with specially selected plants to encourage bees and butterflies. The pond area has been refurbished, and there are plans to create a meadow next to it. The school is redeveloping the forest area by adding new natural pathways, a bird feeding station, more bug hotels and bird and bat boxes,and there are plans to apply for Forest School status. The children will soon be helping to plant 30 new native trees and bushes supplied by the Woodland Trust. They also intend to build an outdoor classroom using a large old shed. 

The Eco Club that runs every Friday after school is very popular. The children are currently building a greenhouse from recycled plastic bottles and have built a hedgehog house from recycled timber. The school grounds are already host to a hedgehog family and there are plans for beehives as well. 

The school with a received a cash prize of £50 towards their environmental work and will hold the CPRE trophy for the next academic year. Both were presented by Mary Booth, chairman of CPRE Staffordshire, at a celebration assembly on 19 October.

Details of how to apply for the 2019 awards will be announced in the spring.

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