Pupils at a primary school have received international recognition for work in climate change and eco-awareness.

Pupils at St Edward’s RC Primary School in Darwen have earned the Eco-Schools Green Flag, recognising their amazing work in making their school more environmentally friendly and raising eco-awareness in fellow pupils.

Eco-Schools is an international education programme that prompts young people to explore sustainability and climate change and take action.

Pupils at St Edward’s RC Primary School collaborated with Joanna Enslin, the schools Eco Coordinator, to conduct an environmental review, assessing how eco-friendly their school is.

They reviewed everything from the school’s recycling practices, to energy usage, to how environmental themes are covered in classrooms.

Building on their findings, the pupils and Mrs Enslin planned a year of activities that would up their green credentials.

Activities included making bird feeders from recycled materials, litter picking in the local area and working alongside Wayne Dixon, Keep Britain Tidy Ambassador, holding whole school assemblies on how important it is to reduce water consumption.

The Eco Team also worked in partnership with parents by surveying water usage and producing Newsletters to give Eco advice.

Katie, aged six, said: “We are happy that we got the green flag. It means we have been working hard to look after our world.”

Jensen, nine, said: “This is such a big achievement and we are very proud to be Eco and help to save the planet.”

Mrs Enslin, who is also the Key Stage 2 Lead and teaches Year 5, added: “I’m so proud of our Eco Warriors and the enthusiasm and initiative they have shown in caring for our planet.

"The whole school is on board with our actions and it is wonderful to see environmental awareness and sustainability is embedded into everyday life at St Edward’s.”