ECO SCHOOL - Whitchurch Primary School near Ross-on- Wye has been declared one of the greenest in England after scooping the prestigious title of Eco-Schools Ambassador.

The school is one of just 11 in the country that has been chosen for the role by the international Eco- Schools programme.

Eco-Schools is the largest sustainable education programme in the world and in England it is run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

The programme reaches more than six million children in over 17,000 English schools with 1,700 holding the International Eco- Schools Green Flag award.

On May 1, Keep Britain Tidy announced it had chosen the 11 new Eco-Schools which would hold the title of ambassador for two years until May 2015.

This year, the ambassador selection criteria was tougher than ever as the exceptional winning schools were expected to go that extra mile in demonstrating sustainability is at the centre of the school’s culture and ethos.

The 11 schools also needed to show inspirational leadership and innovation in the way they tackle environmental issues. The schools will now be expected to represent the Eco-Schools programme around the country and inspire other schools to join.

Eco-coordinator Mrs Powell from Whitchurch School said: “We are delighted that the hard work and commitment by our community, both in school and beyond has been recognised “ The winning schools hold the role for two years and must have held the Eco-Schools Green Flag award for four consecutive years to be eligible to apply for the role.