Earth Day 2011

On Wednesday 20th April Sustainable Blacon played host to the children of Highfield Community Primary School, in a fun–filled day as part of their Earth Day celebrations. The youngsters were entertained and educated on various issues regarding the welfare of the planet.

Children on Earth Day

The visit took place at the charities’ pioneering demonstration home, located at 78 Dyserth Road, Blacon. The Eco-House, one part of a two strand community-based project, is equipped with low carbon appliances and technologies, and is designed to provide practical illustrations of ways that energy bills can be controlled through simple, affordable changes to lifestyle.

Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 from Highfield each spent an hour in the Eco-House and enjoyed informative and interactive talks from Cheshire West and Chester Council Officers on Love Food Hate Waste, Local Litter Issues and Climate & Weather, all in combination with a range of activities involving the team of staff and volunteers from Sustainable Blacon. There was also the opportunity for the children to explore the many ways in which they can help improve energy efficiency in their own homes and pass their findings on to their parents and teachers alike.

‘It was a terrific day,’ said Simon Dukes, co-ordinator of the event. ‘There were lots of great activities that not only supported the students’ curriculum requirements, but also engaged the youngsters in a fun and informative way!’

Adults on Earth Day

The Eco-House is part of Sustainable Blacon’s response to the Low Carbon Communities Challenge, a Department of Energy and Climate Change pioneering programme to help pave the way for communities to achieve a low carbon future. Accessible to all age groups, the house is free to the general public and also as a resource to both primary and secondary schools.  It boasts a wide range of information on topics such as composting, recycling and energy efficiency.

For more information on what the Eco-House can offer you or your school please contact Sustainable Blacon on 01244 379021.

For further information on school visits by Cheshire West and Chester Council Officers contact Liz Ellis on 0300 123 7026.

(April 2011)

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