Pupils and staff at Cookstown Primary School are celebrating after winning a prestigious Best Kept Award for their environmental efforts at a ceremony recently.
The school has been named the Southern Education and Library Board’s Best Kept Primary School.
Almost 200 schools across the five board areas entered the competition, which is run by the Northern Ireland Amenity Council and which seeks to reward clean, tidy and environmentally conscious schools.
Chair of the Amenity Council, Doreen Muskett MBE, said: “Congratulations to each and every one of our winning schools.
“With so many worthy entries, the judges had a difficult task to decide upon the eventual winners.
They were looking for schools that were clean and tidy, with an absence of litter and graffiti, as well as evidence of commitment to environmental projects. Cookstown Primary School managed to impress the judges on each of these fronts.”
Lorraine McErlane, Eco Coordinator at Cookstown Primary School said: “We are absolutely delighted to win this award, we put a lot of hard work into the garden and the kids thoroughly enjoyed being involved.
“We developed a new vegetable patch, growing loads of different veg and herbs, we installed a willow tunnel and nature trail and the kids planted flower baskets which we then sold at the car boot sale organised to raise funds for the school.”