Green Flag schools
Friday 6th April 2018
Veggie sandwich contest secures eco award
When eight-year-old Millie decided to run a veggie sandwich-making competition for her class at Stretton Sugwas Academy near Hereford during National Vegetarian Week last year, she had no idea this could lead to 100 schools achieving an environmental award.
Millie’s initiative led to the school introducing a delicious veggie day every week, which qualified them to receive funding from the Vegetarian Society to obtain their Green Flag status in the Eco-Schools programme. The Vegetarian Society is now offering the same funding for 100 Silver Award Eco-Schools in England to help them obtain their Green Flag status.
Lynne Elliot, chief executive of the Vegetarian Society, says: ‘The Eco-Schools scheme is a fantastic way for schools to boost their environmental credentials.
We want to offer support to pupils who are learning about food choices and their effect on the planet. We were inspired to set up this funding programme by the efforts of one young girl who ran a sandwich competition, which led to the whole school going veggie one day a week. We want to encourage more schools to do something deliciously veggie to make a difference to the planet and everyone on it.
‘There are loads of ways schools can incorporate their learning about veggie food into their work. They could learn how to make vegetarian meals using fruit and vegetables grown on the school grounds; or investigate the energy and water footprint of a meat-free diet; while others may decide to have a veggie day for the whole school.’
Nurseries, primary and secondary schools and sixth-form colleges can all apply for the funding, which has been made available by the Vegetarian Society.
Any school undertaking the Eco-Schools Award that can demonstrate how the scheme will lead to more veggie dishes being consumed by their pupils and staff are eligible for this financial support.
• Applications can be made by schools via the Eco-Schools Team at www.eco-schools.org.uk/howitworks/the-awards/green-flag-award.