Schools Environment Week project in Hunts is hailed a huge success

HDC councillor Marge Beuttell.

HDC councillor Marge Beuttell. - Credit: HDC

Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC) says it is delighted with the success of its first Schools Environment Week. 

The event was held from June 28 to July 4 and saw 19 schools participating, reaching 6,756 children across the district. 

Each school which signed up to the project, received a pack of educational resources, pictorial meadow seeds to work towards doubling nature within their school grounds, a selection of water-saving devices and activities provided by Anglian Water and a wide selection of electronic resources and lessons suitable for different age ranges.  

(HDC) also created a competition for schools to win a Hot Composter or Water Butt, supplied by Anglian Water. 

Executive councillor for operations and environment, Cllr Marge Beuttell, said: “It is extremely important for us to play our part in educating future generations about the importance of protecting and enhancing our environment, with the week designed to improve awareness of topics such as littering, recycling, biodiversity and open spaces, along with more global issues. 

"Moving forward we hope to grow the Schools Environment Week and have a significant impact on the Huntingdon residents of tomorrow, empowering them with the education to help protect what makes Huntingdonshire a great place to live.” 

HDC councillor Marge Beuttell.

HDC councillor Marge Beuttell. - Credit: HDC

The district Council worked closely with a number of different organisations to combine projects working towards the same end goal of improving environmental education for young people.  

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A spokesman for (HDC) said: “A huge thank you to internal departments who have contributed resources and expertise to create the pack of resources.  

“A special thank you to Anglian Water for providing water-saving devices, activities, and prizes for our Schools Environment Week competition. 

"Thanks to the online citizen science portal developed for the project by The Rivers Trust, specifically for schools, children and their teachers could learn about the harms of plastic pollution as they carry out a litter pick."

Project manager for The Rivers Trust, Clare Whitelegg, said: “It has been great fun and really rewarding to lead this session remotely for a number of classes in the Great Ouse lately.  The activity has generated some really great discussions with pupils.

"It is very heartening to see how engaged young people are with this issue and that they really want to be involved in making change for the better in their local environments.”