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Eco Schools

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What is Eco Schools?

Eco Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school life.

Once registered, schools follow a simple seven-step process which helps them to address a variety of environmental themes, ranging from litter and waste to healthy living and biodiversity.

Children are the driving force behind Eco-Schools – they lead the eco-committee and help carry out an audit to assess the environmental performance of their school. Through consultation with the rest of the school and the wider community it is the pupils that decide which environmental themes they want to address and how they are going to do it. Measuring and monitoring is an integral part of the Eco-Schools programme, providing schools with all the evidence they need to really shout about their environmental success.

Schools work towards gaining one of three awards – Bronze, Silver and the prestigious Green Flag award, which symbolises excellence in the field of environmental activity. Bronze and Silver are both self accredited through the Eco Schools website and Green Flag is externally assessed by Keep Britain Tidy.

 

How can schools register?

Schools can register for free at the Eco Schools website.

 

Is there any schools registered in Bedford Borough?

Currently around 62 schools are registered with Eco Schools- of which 7 local schools have achieved the highest level- Green Flag.

 

Support that the Community Volunteering Team can offer;

 

- Eco School Seminar

On Monday 19th October 2009 the Team ran a seminar with host school Elstow Lower School. The seminar was free to all lower and middle schools in the Bedford Borough area. A representative from Eco Schools attended as well as other agencies including Anglian Water, Fairtrade Bedford and WRAP.

For a copy of the Eco Schools presentation please click here.

 

- Flynn the Bin Elf

Flynn is the Council's anti litter mascot which was designed as part of a school competition. The Community Volunteering Team can offer assemblies with Flynn talking about litter and its effects. For more information on the litter mascot competition and Flynn himself please refer to the relevant pages.

 

- Lending of litter picking equipment

The Community Volunteering Tean have 30 sets of childrens litter picking equipment that can be borrowed. With the equipment we also supply teacher resources, a sample risk assessment and a thank you certificate for the School to keep. For availability of equipment please contact the Team on 01234 718276 or email volunteering@bedford.gov.uk

 

- Competitions 

The Team run competitions with schools during various campaigns. Past competitions included the litter mascot competition (2009) and chewing gum poster competition (2007). We have also supported local area competitions for in bloom logo design (Cauldwell and Kingsbrook) and the 'Feed the Birds not the Rats' poster competition in Queen's Park.

 

- Seed Sharing Saturday

Bedford in Bloom run a yearly seed sharing event.  These events are an ideal chance to swap your surplus/saved seeds and get free seeds too (even if you have no seed to swap there will be plenty to go round). Please contact us if you are interested in attending this year (2014).

 

Don't forget there are other departments within Bedford Borough Council that may be able to help you with advice and activities relating to Eco Schools and its themes;

Recycling/ waste/ composting

Sustainability/ energy efficiency

Conservation/ biodiversity