This year the school has been putting lots of effort into eventually being an ECO school. Last year we earned the Bronze award and this year the Silver.

Jan 2015 - We setup a new Poly tunnel for growing lots of fruit, veg and flowers. We managed this with raising nearly £4000, Thanks to LCC and HSBC bank. The poly tunnel has helped to forge links with Primary schools, with planting in the cold months. The ECO group have helped build the beds in the tunnel and delivered some of our flowers to families along Royal Ave.

During the year we had Year 9's involved in recycling and rebuilding of the Peace Garden. The Peace Garden work was led by Alex Gallagher, James McAllister, Robert Wozniak and Leon Cook. The new bottle and can bins still help us with recycling. Plastic bottle lids are being recycled to produce plastic sheets using our new high tech machine in Technology. The ECO group went on a visit to Global renewables the recycle centre to learn more about our rubbish.

Waste paper collection bins were put into all class rooms and whole school helped by not throwing other rubbish into them. We are working with Brothers of charity at Lexiure Hall who encourage pupils from their halls to work in collecting and recycling. 2014 - The Eco group had been up to Worden Park helping with some community work in the gardens, next year we shall do more.

The flower gardens outside the front of school have given the school a great refreshing look and Sun flowers were put there to brighten up the front. Vegetable and other plants have been planted by the chaplaincy team, and other ECO pupils. These should be ready to pull up in late August.

During 2014 Super learning week we had a special ECO guest who delivered a full week of activities to cover all aspects of ECO. These were all thoroughly enjoyed by all years, 7 to 10. Some ECO pupils went to Accrington to represent the school at an ECO conference, again lots of new ideas to incorporate into Leyland St Mary's.

Next year we will have lots of other projects to let pupils put their marks on the school. Unfortunately resources are always hard to get hold of, especially sticks for plants and seeds for planting etc. Luckily enough we have had lots of help thanks to C & W Berry Ltd donating some wood to make our gardens and Tesco's donating plants to add colour to our beds.

Here is a link to the school's YouTube page and the Eco Schools video:

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