Staff and students at Castle Manor Academy expressed their delight at being named Suffolk’s Greenest School.
The award was presented to members of the school’s eco committee when they attended Suffolk’s Greenest County Awards Ceremony at Snape Maltings last Friday (March 27).
Year 11 student Adam Marsh, who has been inspired by his involvement in the school’s projects to apply to Milton College to study animal care, said: “We’ve won, we’ve won. All our hard work has paid off and now we’ve won.”
Becky Baldwin, lead teacher for the Outside Learning Project said: “The students have put a lot of effort into this project. There is always a huge number of volunteers to help make the academy a brighter, greener place and to look after all of our animals.”
The judging panel were particularly impressed with the way Castle Manor had rehomed rescue animals such as the OAP guinea pigs and eight battery hens.
They were also impressed by the way the responsibility for the care of the animals had become part of daily routine.
Mrs Baldwin pledged that their hard work and commitment to eco issues would continue and thanked the Academy’s various benefactors, saying: “We couldn’t have done this without the help of our community, especially those at Community Action Suffolk, Paugers Plants, Alison Findlay from the Royal Horticultural Society and Kiiwii clothing for supporting their Eco projects.”
The academy now has plans to develop their ageing orchard area and have already begun pruning and cataloguing the trees.
The next phase is to create an enclosed garden area around the orchard, which could itself house further animals.