What makes an Eco School in Surrey?

How schools are tackling climate change

Climate change is at the top of lots of agendas but with just over 500 schools in Surrey together schools really can make a big difference.

Eco-Schools is a global programme which empowers young people to make a difference in their school and raise awareness of key environmental issues. Over 150 schools in Surrey are taking action to improve the environment, with 73 being accredited Eco-Schools Green Flag status which is a prestigious internationally recognised award for their commitment.

Esher High School is just one of our Green Flag accredited schools.

We spoke to the school to find out what projects they've implemented to improve sustainability.

What has the school done to be an Eco-School?

Awareness raising

We raised awareness of the importance of the lasting impact of climate change so that all the members of our school community can start making more conscious decisions around our environment.

Growing wildflowers

Our wildflower garden provided amazing colour in the summer and attracted a lot of bees on site which we know is great for the eco-system.

Tree planting

We are awaiting saplings to arrive for our hedge as part of The Queen's Green Canopy scheme which are to be planted in November this year.

Recycling and re-use

We've increased awareness of recycling paper and cardboard in classrooms and launched our second-hand uniform 'swap shop'. The swap shop came at a critical time, giving parents the opportunity to swap uniforms or make a voluntary donation rather than buying new.

How can your school sign up?

Any school in Surrey can sign up to be an Eco-School and can play their part to help us tackle climate change. For more information visit the Eco-Schools web page or email safertravelteam@surreycc.gov.uk.

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