Ysgol Nefyn on the Llyn Peninsular has won a prize of £250 to help them to continue to develop their wide range of environmental activities. The competition was run by North Wales attraction, GreenWood Forest Park, Y Felinheli.
Ysgol Nefyn were able to demonstrate that they have a wide ranging interest in environmental matters, from improving the school garden and grounds to litter picking on the beach, and from researching local history to establishing links with a school in Kenya.
Since GreenWood opened in 1993, being environmentally friendly has always been their mission. Every year, they make consistent efforts to minimise the negative effects on the environment and maximise the positive. Their famous GreenDragon Rollercoaster is the world’s only people powered rollercoaster. It uses traditional slate quarry technology (a funicular railway) to make use of the weight of the passengers to lift the empty cars from the bottom to the top of the hill where the loading platform is. Over a year of operation, the ride should actually generate more power than it uses.
In order to help schools become more environmentally friendly, GreenWood opened the competition to all schools in the Gwynedd and Anglesey areas. Schools then sent in their reports on what they already do to help the environment and told GreenWood what they would do with the money if they won it.
The entries were judged by GreenWood’s owners Stephen and Andrea Bristow. Here is what Stephen had to say about the winning report “We were very impressed by the breadth and scope of their environmental activities and particularly appreciated the social and community aspects. The children are being exposed to a wide range of environmental and social issues and this experience will be invaluable to them in the future.”
The first prize of a £250 went to Ysgol Nefyn, a second prize of a free school trip went to Ysgol Bontnewydd and joint 3rd prize went to Ysgol Rhosgadfan and Ysgol Gynradd Llangoed, who each received a 2+2 family ticket.