What is Eco
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
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
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
- 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.
- Environmental School Roadshow
Every year the Team run a two week environmental themed
roadshow in June. Further details of past roadshows can be found by
clicking on the environment roadshow page. Spaces are
offered on a first come first served basis due to popularity.
- 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
- Lending of litter picking
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- Green Borough Fair
The first Green Borough Fair takes place every February and is
made of stalls from eco schools and other environmental and
green agencies, groups etc. Contact the Community
Volunteering Team on 01234 718276 for more information and to
have a stall at the next Fair.
- 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).
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;
Keep looking at this page for up and coming events and news.