A day of ‘environmental learning, fun and activities’ was had by around 100 pupils from seven Littlehampton area primary schools at the fourth annual eco summit.
Held on Friday at The Littlehampton Academy, it was organised by The E.Y.E Project (Eco Young and Engaged).
The event was opened by The Littlehampton Academy principal Morgan Thomas and Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing and Shoreham.
Manager of Eco-Schools England Lee Wray-Davies travelled from Manchester to attend the event, giving a keynote speech on ‘rubbish’, inspiring pupils to think about what how they can reuse their waste.
Mr Loughton said: “It was great to see such an enthusiastic group of eco-warriors at our fourth eco summit hosted by The Littlehampton Academy enjoying some really stimulating workshops.
“It is always encouraging to see the enthusiasm and care for preserving our environment from young pupils and the E.Y.E. Project is a great way to harness their energy and share best practice amongst West Sussex schools.”
Sussex Wildlife Trust, Southern Water, Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Farming and Countryside Education, Plumpton College, Wastebuster, Sussex Green Living, and Steve Savage all ran workshops on a range of environmental and sustainability themed topics.
Pupils learnt how to make homes for wildlife in their schools and gardens, how to save water, what clothes were made from in the past and how we can be more sustainable with clothing now, how to identify crops and how farmers have responded to mitigate against the effects of climate change, what to recycle and what happens to our waste, the carbon footprint of an Easter egg, and about a variety of natural and man-made items that get washed up on our beaches.
They also got hands-on, making a container pond and reptile hibernacula, they tried on clothing from the past, had a go at carding and spinning, and got to grind grain to make flour and bread rolls.
Clare Sutton, project officer for the E.Y.E Project, said: “It was great to see so many enthusiastic young people learning about different ways we can all help the environment.
“Pupils made some fantastic comments describing the event as ‘awesome’ and a year six pupil said that he had been hoping to come to an event since he was in year one.”
Pupils from Georgian Gardens Community Primary School, St Mary’s C of E Primary School, Clymping, and River Beach Primary School, each presented their school’s eco achievements to the group.
Certificates were given to pupils who had entered the ‘Re-use’ competition and Tobias Bennett from Georgian Gardens, who created a bird feeder from waste, won a family ticket donated by WWT Arundel.
The E.Y.E Project holds eco summit events for schools across West Sussex.
It will be holding a 10th Worthing and Adur Eco Summit in the summer, which will take place at Davison CE High School for Girls, and an event for Chichester Schools in the autumn which is planned to take place at Chichester High School.