PUPILS have proven their green credentials after receiving a top eco award for the fifth year in a row.

Ysgol Caer Drewyn in Corwen was awarded the prestigious Eco Schools platinum flag award by Keep Wales Tidy. The environmental education programme provides challenges for pupils to complete such as reducing waste, litter and energy consumption and boosting biodiversity and healthy living.

It is funded by the Welsh Government with more than 90 per cent of schools in Wales registered as part of a national educational drive to teach children about sustainable living as well as local and global citizenship.

The Corwen pupils efforts included getting their school to purchase new plastic recycling bins, recycling the toothbrushes used in school and organising plastic free lunch days. They also carried out environment-focused assemblies, planting and cooking sessions.

A school receives platinum status after they achieve the criteria of the Green Flag Award four times, demonstrating long-term commitment to environmental issues.

Deputy headteacher Mrs Vaughan-Evans said: “We are extremely proud of the children’s efforts and their awareness of important green issues both locally and worldwide. It is fantastic to see they want to make a difference now which will impact their and others future lives.”

Catrin Hughes, KWT educational officer, said the Corwen school’s award is “a very impressive achievement” that “highlights the enthusiasm and commitment” of pupils.

She added: “The dedication of the eco-committee over many years has been inspirational.”

For more information on the KWT Eco Schools programme, visit www.keepwalestidy.org/eco-schools