Mount Carmel held an Eco Champions day inviting partner primary school Eco teams along to participate with Mount Carmel's Eco team in a range of activities.

Around thirty pupils from St. Oswald’s, Sacred Heart and St. Mary's Oswaldtwistle and Mount Carmel participated in ECO activities during the course of a packed fun-filled day.

The pupils made wild flower seed bombs to take away and disperse in their school grounds and they planted vegetable seeds in repurposed pots. They were shown the school ECO garden with an explanation by Mr Blair of the ongoing initiatives and future developments of the area. He also showed them the school pigeons!

The pupils also participated in an activity in the food technology room, discussing food waste at home and thinking of ideas for meals that use up leftover food from the fridge or cupboards. They then made pitta bread pizzas using a range of ingredients. 

After a tasty lunch in the Twelve Star Diner the pupils went outside for a well deserved play.

In the afternoon Donna Glover from Willow Top Hedgehog Rescue came in to talk to the pupils during Hedgehog Awareness Week providing clear advise and suggestions how to help the rapidly declining population of hedgehogs in the UK. There were lots of interesting questions provided by the pupils. We thank Donna for the time she spent with us and away from looking after the many hedgehogs currently in her care.

Later in the afternoon Mr Blair talked to the pupils about plastic in all aspects of our environment with a quiz held at the end of the presentation.

Finally guided by Mount Carmel ECO co-ordinators Mr Blair and Miss Jenkinson and their own school ECO co-ordinators each school created a poster to take back to their schools to highlight many of the aspects discussed during the day with one pupil from each school bravely standing in front of the stage to explain their poster statements to everyone else.

To find out more about Hedgehog Awareness Week use this link

To support the work that Donna is doing for sick and injured hedgehogs in our local area please visit the Willow Top Hedgehog Rescue Facebook page