Green pupils lead the way

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INNOVATIVE Morpeth pupils are truly green champions after sweeping to victory in a county-wide contest.

Youngsters from Collingwood School have been named the winners of a climate change competition organised by Northumberland County Council’s Youth Cabinet.

The challenge began in February when teams of three pupils from various schools were given £100 to develop a climate change project in eight weeks and report back to the judges.

Five schools took part, including Morpeth’s King Edward VI, looking at a range of environmental work.

The Collingwood group focused on saving water and was delighted to pick up £500 in prize money to continue the successful project.

Barndale House School in Alnwick took second place and a prize of £250.

Council Chief Executive Steve Stewart, who attended the presentation at County Hall, said: “The two winning campaigns developed simple, effective ways of promoting and encouraging pupils, staff and visitors to their schools to save water and energy.

“There are hundreds of schools across Northumberland and if similar projects are implemented in all of them this could reduce costs and benefit the environment in years to come.”