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Thursday 20 June 2019

Ballindaggin pupils embrace the natural environment

Caroline Sinnott (Wexford Co. Council, C Cllr. Kathleen Codd-Nolan, Billy O’Connor (school rep), Conor McDonald (principal), Keelan Hipwell (school rep), Cllr. Keith Doyle, Cllr. Barbara Ann Murphy, Fr. Jim Fegan and Cliona Connolly (Wexford Co. Council) at the launch of reusable bags in association with Wexford County Council in Ballindaggin NS
Caroline Sinnott (Wexford Co. Council, C Cllr. Kathleen Codd-Nolan, Billy O’Connor (school rep), Conor McDonald (principal), Keelan Hipwell (school rep), Cllr. Keith Doyle, Cllr. Barbara Ann Murphy, Fr. Jim Fegan and Cliona Connolly (Wexford Co. Council) at the launch of reusable bags in association with Wexford County Council in Ballindaggin NS
The launch of the reusable bags in Ballindaggin NS

Brendan Keane

The students of Ballindaggin National School have been acknowledged by Wexford County Council for their work in promoting environmental awareness.

The local authority's environment section presented the students with reusable vegetable and fruit bags to help the children with their campaign to raise awareness of single use plastic within their local community.

The children were told of the need to switch from single use to reusable items to help develop a more sustainable community.

The students were praised for the work they've done on the campaign within their own area.

The children in the school were also well represented in the recent Eco UNESCO Young Environmentalist Final with three projects: Cup Alert, The Wildflower Girls, and Save a Bit Start to Switch, all making it to the final.

A spokesperson for Wexford County Council said the students have been raising awareness of environmental issues in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals of Climate Change, Life on Land and Responsible Consumption and Production.

Speaking about the pupils, school principal, Conor McDonald, said: 'The school has been inspired by these groups and has upped its environmental efforts.'

In that regard the school has erected nest boxes, a bug hotel, created a wildflower meadow, planted 50 mountain ash and birch saplings - provided by Wexford County Council - and launched a naked lunches initiative in an effort to reduce the amount of cling film and other single use plastics being put in the school bins.

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