Pupils help Barnstaple become the greenest town in Devon

YOUNGSTERS from Orchard Vale School will be doing their bit to help Barnstaple take its first steps to becoming the greenest town in Devon at a special event in the Guildhall tonight (Wednesday). The school s Eco Club is lending its support to the offic

YOUNGSTERS from Orchard Vale School will be doing their bit to help Barnstaple take its first steps to becoming the "greenest" town in Devon at a special event in the Guildhall tonight (Wednesday).

The school's Eco Club is lending its support to the official launch of the town's new Green Team, a group being formed to help Barnstaple to do its bit to tackle climate change.

The initiative, being led by Barnstaple Town Council's environment committee, will help police, residents' associations, business and schools to work together and share information and ideas on a range of environmental issues.

Councillor Cllr Rod Hawes said the idea to form a Green Team had evolved from discussions during the town's second annual "Tidy Up Our Town" week in April.


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"After visiting groups and organisations to find out what green initiatives they were involved with, we found many working towards similar goals, but unaware of what each other were doing," he said.

"Barnstaple has already carried out two 'tidy up our town' weeks, with around 400 people taking part this year, but through the Green Team, we hope groups can learn more about each other, work together and encourage others to be more active."

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Working under the pledge "I'll do what I can, when I can, if I can," the Barnstaple Green Team will meet twice a year and will publish a bi-annual newsletter where groups and organisations can talk about their own environmental pledges, ask for help with specific projects, and advertise any up-and-coming events. A local awards scheme will also be set up to celebrate green achievements in the town.

At tonight's launch, starting at 7pm, pupils from Orchard Vale - one of around 20 schools involved with the Green Team - will be talking about various environmental initiatives at the school, including the allotment, recycling, composting and other energy saving schemes.

"We are going to be talking about all the things that the school does to help save the planet," said nine-year-old Georgia Cooper.

Also speaking will be glacier retreat and climate change expert Stephan Harrison, Associate Professor of Quaternary Science at the University of Exeter.

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