Eco-friendly pupils look to future by creating green area
PUPILS and staff at Brynhyfryd Junior school in Swansea are hard at work transforming a derelict patch of land into an attractive green space.
Pupils have already helped to enclose the eyesore parcel of land bordering Siloh Road and will soon be regenerating it into a facility for school and community use.
Members of the school's Eco Committee will decide how the land is used but possible future uses could include food growth and an outdoor teaching space.
A spokesman for the school said: "Everyone is playing their part in this exciting and worthwhile project.
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"The children and staff are working really hard and everyone is impressed with how it is taking off.
"It won't be long before you will really start to see things taking shape."
The work builds on the school's reputation for environmental excellence.
The school already boasts Eco-Schools platinum award status and its pupils represented Wales at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) summit where they discussed green issues with Prince Charles.
Among ongoing efforts at the school are drives to increase recycling, reduce litter and waste, save energy and water, and become better global citizens.
Councillor Sybil Crouch, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Sustainability, has visited the school to discover the success story for herself.
She said: "What the pupils and staff of Brynhyfryd Junior School have achieved is fantastic. Pupils are taught the importance of being sustainable from a very young age and their commitment and enthusiasm set an example to people across Swansea and beyond.
"The emphasis on world learning at the school also means the pupils will be well-equipped in future to be global citizens. This is especially important as the world becomes an ever-smaller place because of vast improvements in transport and communications.
"Their efforts to transform what was an area of derelict land into a green space will have benefits for both the school and the wider community."
It is not the only project being undertaken by the school.
Money that the pupils helped raise for their contemporaries in Kenya is being used to build toilets at a school in the Kisumu region of the country.
Pupils will also soon be starting to raise money for a well in the same area.