Eastmuir Primary Displays its Green Credentials Thanks to Bellway Homes

Pupils at Eastmuir Primary, Barlanark, are flagging up environmental awareness thanks to the donation of a flagpole from award-winning housebuilder, Bellway Homes, which proudly displays’ the school’s Eco Green Flag Award.

The primary school signed up to the Eco-Schools Programme, an international scheme to inspire school children to take an active interest in environmental issues, in 2009.

Since then, the pupils have set up their own eco committee, involving them in various activities to help achieve their Green Flag award including anti-litter campaigns, recycling, gardening projects and also ways of saving energy.
Following on from their bronze and silver award, the Eco Green Flag is the highest award level available.

To achieve this, the school developed a sensory garden and also a vegetable garden within the playground. The children are now in the process of setting up a wildlife garden with a meadow area to grow native flowers in an effort to attract bees, which are becoming endangered as well as making bat boxes and bird houses.

Fraser Conn, Sales & Marketing Director at Bellway Homes, which has two residential developments close to the school, said, “Bellway Homes is very supportive of the Eco Schools programme. We understand only too well the importance of environmental stewardship and the part we all have to play, whether it’s at work, home or within school.”

Elaine Gwynne, the teacher at Eastmuir Primary involved in the eco committee, is extremely proud of the children and also grateful for all the help provided by staff and parents in helping to achieve the award.

Elaine commented, “Eco work is very important in our school and the pupils, staff and parents have worked very hard to secure this achievement, which thanks to Bellway Homes we can now display.

“The children are learning through real life contexts, not only science but language, maths and social subjects. They are developing skills which may become future careers. What's more, they are learning about responsibility, respect, working together and keeping safe. Some of our children have sensory difficulties and a garden provides a context through which they can also concentrate on the senses.”

Bellway Homes is currently very active in the east end of the city, at Pyrus in Parkhead, which offers a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments, and three-bedroom mid-terraced homes. The homebuilder also has a development in Carntyne – Eastfields, which provides a range of one and two-bedroom apartments, two and three-bedroom terraced properties and three and four-bedroom town house style homes.

For further information on Pyrus and Eastfields contact each development’s respective sales centre on: 0141 550 4222 and 0141 554 7417. Eastfields sales centre is open five days from Friday to Monday between 10am to 5pm and from 11.30am to 7.30pm on a Thursday. The sales centre at Pyrus is open Thursday through to Monday from 10am to 5pm.