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Chilton Primary Eco Group meets with MP

Children at Chilton Primary School are leading the way in making their school more environmentally friendly, and last week local MP Phil Wilson visited the school to see what the students were up to.

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Set up around 5 years ago, the Chilton Primary Eco Group is made up of students from all year groups who come together to discuss ways in which the school could save energy.

Speaking to Mr Wilson, the children told him abound the numerous eco issues around the school, and told him the initiatives they have created.

One such innovatie initiative is playing red and green stickers by light switches across the school, to let other students know which lights need to be switched on and which don’t. The school has also had solar panels installed, which saved the school £1000 in the first year alone.

Future initiatives which the children have planned include planting fruit and vegetables in the school courtyard and intalling sensory taps to reduce the schools water usage.

In addition, children have also taken part in national and global campagins such as Switch Off Fortnight and World Earth Hour, both of which aim to raise awareness of cutting energy usage.

Speaking to Phil Wilson the children said that is important to look after the environment because it is something which affects everyone.

Speaking afterward, Mr Wilson said; ‘It is great to see the children take such an active interest in eco issues, and caring about the environment. As the children told me, what happens to the environment impacts us all so it is important we look after it. It is a fantastic initiative set up by Chilton Primary School, and I hope to have a trip back once some of their vegetable have grown!’

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