A GROUP of Mill Hill School pupils are leading the green fight.
The Eco Team set up in 2009 meets every Friday lunchtime to discuss ways of keeping the Ripley school environmentally friendly.
Group members take part in litter picks and encourage others to be more energy efficient in the classroom.
And after school they are busy looking after their sensory garden.
Last year the youngsters created quite a stir when they held a series of special assemblies for each year group. The Eco Team picked up every bit of litter that had been dropped for four days.
Then they revealed the amount in the assemblies – all 80 bin bags worth.
Running the group the school’s community manager Tony McIlroy said the four founding girls Hannah Johnson, Phoebe Rainsford, Cathy Newman and Freya Roberts have had a big effect in stopping pupils dropping litter. The school has been awarded silver status as part of the Government’s Sustainable School’s Project.
Hannah, 14, from Amber Heights in Ripley said: “I think it’s important to recognise what’s going on in the world - climate change is happening to all of us, not just a few people.
“It’s so important that schools get involved.”