All the finalists gave inspiring presentations that illustrated their commitment to living a more sustainable lifestyle, from shredding paper to make compost and litter picking in their local community, to cycling and scooting to school and planting trees.
Deeping St Nicholas Primary School is a small rural village school with 58 pupils. They are very fortunate to have a school field with a small spinney within the grounds. They have raised funds to improve the field to allow the children to gain first-hand knowledge of their local environment and the wildlife. The raised sensory beds, log piles for minibeasts, insect and bird boxes, and the newly installed wildlife watching hide, are also used for a range of studies including maths. Their next project is to build greenhouse, inspired by the Eden project, using a timber frame and plastic bottles.
The Eco-Committee at St Faith & St Martin Church of England Junior School in central Lincoln meet weekly to discuss environmental issues that concern the school and local community. Together with their mascot Eco-Flash, they promote reducing, reusing and recycling. They give assemblies and each week classes and children are awarded with trophies for their excellent efforts in doing their bit to help save our planet. The children have also raised funds from making cake, sewing hedgehogs, making bookmarks and origami that they sold at the Christmas Fair. They used the funds to sponsor jaguar conservation through WWF.
Runners up for the FCC Young Environmentalist Awards were Baston CE Primary School, Kirkby la Thorpe Primary Academy, Winchelsea Primary School and Jack Summers for his voluntary work with his Grandpa at Boutham Park in Lincoln