The FCC Lincolnshire Young Environmentalist Award 2018 was presented to St Margaret's CE Primary School

Caroline Fitton

The finals of the Lincolnshire Young Environmentalist Award were held at the Education Centre, Whisby Nature Park, on Thursday 3 May 2018.

All the schools gave inspiring presentation on their environmental work which including creating habitats for wildlife in school grounds, growing organic vegetables and keeping bees. The judges were particularly impressed with St Margaret's CE Primary Schools commitment to outdoor learning and environmental work in the wider community.

The school in Withern near Alford has an outdoor learning space with an organic growing area, outdoor science laboratory, a unique outdoor centre for mathematics, botanical gardens, a pond which now has frogs and newts, butterfly garden and ‘bug hotels’. They hold an annual pumpkin day and produce their own organic apple juice.

Young Environmentalist Award 2018

St Margaret's CE Primary School, Withern

But their environmental works also extends beyond the school boundary. Every member the school community is responsible for surveying the local woodlands, fields and water ways and contributes environmental data which is written up to share with the whole local community and fed into national surveys.

We are absolutely delighted to win this award. Both pupils and staff have been working very hard over a number of years to improve the school grounds for the benefit of the environment as well as developing opportunities to learn about the natural world. This award will give us the encouragement to continue on this journey and work even closer with our local community.
James Siddle
Head Teacher, St Margaret's CE Primary School

Woodlice - St Margaret's CE Primary School

Runners up for the FCC Young Environmentalist Awards were Bostn West Academy, and Burton Hathow Preparatory School. Ancaster CofE Primary School and St Michael's CofE Primary School each received Highly Commended Awards.

For more information on the Awards, our 2018 winners and how to enter next year's competition, see our dedicated Lincolnshire Environmental Awards page.