Borrowfield flies the Green Flag

Borrowfield Primary School are flying the Green Flag
Borrowfield Primary School are flying the Green Flag

Eco-friendly youngsters in Borrowfield have helped their school to fly the green flag.

Borrowfield Primary School, on Newhame Road, has been awarded Green Flag status for being environmentally friendly by Eco-Schools, which is an international award programme that guides schools on a sustainable journey to help make sustainability an integral part of school life.

Lucy Gray, eco committee co-ordinator for the school, said: “We have been working really hard for a few years to achieve a Green Flag status. It is a really big thing for everyone in the school for us to have achieved it.

“We’re really proud of the children for all their hard work. It is the children who have helped us achieve it.”

She added all the children have taken part in ensuring Borrowfield Primary School was awarded a Green Flag and two pupils from each year form an eco committee in the school, who have headed the way.

“It’s important for children to learn about being eco-friendly because it shows them the bigger picture and ways in which they can help to save the world,” Ms Gray concluded.

To achieve the Green Flag status, the pupils had to improve the school in three areas. They chose to focus on reducing litter, waste minimisation and making the school grounds more eco-friendly.

To do this the pupils had to create an action plan, which was using a recycling centre in school, the erection of more bins on the school grounds, putting up bird feeders and making the school more attractive for wildlife.

Representatives from Crombie Country Park, in Monikie, came into the school to help the youngsters build bee boxes as part of their bug hotel.

To ensure Borrowfield Primary School retains its Green Flag status next 
year, the pupils will now be focusing on sustaining our world, where they will be helping the school achieve fairtrade status, and food and the environment, which will include weeding the school’s vegetable garden and planting new produce. They will also be ensuring that litter in the school will be kept on top of.