School’s green approach is a winner

Ted Merdler of sponsors The Southern Co-operative with the care of the environment winners Southsea Infant School''''Picture: Malcolm Wells (123630-8838)
Ted Merdler of sponsors The Southern Co-operative with the care of the environment winners Southsea Infant School''''Picture: Malcolm Wells (123630-8838)
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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STAFF and pupils at Southsea Infant School work hard to be environmentally-friendly - whether it’s by recycling or composting, walking to school, or making sure all the lights are turned off.

They became the first school in Portsmouth to be awarded a Green Flag following their efforts – and now as an added bonus the school has been crowned the winner of the We Can Do It Care of the Environment category.

Headteacher Lyndsey Cook said she was surprised to be chosen.

‘Being environmentally-friendly is just something we do on a daily basis,’ she explained.

‘We feel it is extremely important to teach children the importance of being green.’

In second place was McDonald’s, after staff from its restaurants across Portsmouth took time out of their busy days to clean up Whale Island as part of the company’s Love Where You Live campaign.

It was designed to help staff appreciate the areas where they live.

To watch a video of the awards night, click here