We have a very strong connection with the local national school and there are regular visits to the school to promote Newport Tidy Towns. Our observations have shown us that the younger children are extremely diligent about not throwing litter and care passionately about their environment. Small groups of children regularly take part in regular tidy-ups around the school grounds and the town’s playground.
In 2012 the school earned its FIFTH Green Flag, and Tidy Towns was very closely involved in their projects.
The long-planned extension to the national school is now completed. The school will also get a brand new colour scheme much more in keeping with the new extension, and this will be completed by the end of May 2013. Tidy Towns worked closely with the Board of Management of the school to agree colour schemes and minimise mess and waste around the site during construction.
Tidy Towns helped with the installation of the 'bug hotel' beside the vegetable garden in the school to encourage bio-diversity (the theme of the fifth Green Flag).
Tidy Towns are also working with school on their 'Greenwave' project, including accompanying them on field trips to photograph frogspawn, ash, swallow , hawthorn, primrose and horse chestnut, and will continue to assist the school in its efforts to earn its SIXTH Green Flag, on the theme of Global Citizenship.
Other environmental projects undertaken include the addition of a Butterfly Garden on the small piece of land underneath the viaduct on the Castlebar Road. Buddleia has been planted, butterfly sculptures installed and birdboxes hung on stone wall, with the fences re-painted and the steps weeded and cleaned.