Climate Change Week celebration for Norfolk’s coastal schools

Children from Norfolk's coastal schools have marked Climate Change Week by creating eco-sculptures and celebrating their schools' environmental achievements.

Norfolk County Council and the Norfolk Coast Partnership's Sustainable Development Fund have been supporting numerous Norfolk schools, which are all in the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, to work towards Eco-Schools bronze or silver awards.

Thirty pupils from 10 of the schools joined together at The Belfry Primary School in Overstrand, near Cromer, on Wednesday to share their schools' eco successes and make environmental sculptures with local environmental artist Peter Talbot.

The project gave teachers the opportunity to take part in a sustainable schools training day at Holt Hall last year. They took what they had learnt back to their schools, and since then action taken from the schools involved has included establishing wormeries, setting up teams of energy-busters, making raised beds for growing vegetables and partnering with schools overseas to share ideas.

Stuart Brooks, head of The Belfry Primary School, said: 'It is important for the children to be aware of what they can do to help the environment. Here we have set up a gardening club and bug club and the children are actively encouraged to turn off lights and re-use more than they recycle.'

The schools involved in the project include Hindringham Primary School, Snettisham Primary School, Blakeney Primary School, Kelling Primary School, Gresham Village School, King George VI School in King's Lynn,, Sheringham Primary School, Heacham Primary School and Millfield Primary School.