Muirfield Primary wins eco trophy

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A GREEN-FINGERED Arbroath school was recognised for its efforts last week.

On Friday Muirfield Primary was awarded the Charles Brown Trophy by the Royal Highland Education Trust Angus Countryside Initiative (RHET ACI).

This is only the second year of the trophy. Each year it is awarded in a different region, with last year a school in Aberdeen receiving it.

Muirfield was picked for their close ties with the rural community over the last two years, in particular the link forged with local farmer, Gill Lawrie.

Gill has spent the last two years giving talks to each and every Muirfield class on various aspects of agriculture and environmental issues in Angus.

She has also been kind enough to organise trips out to her farm for the children so they can experience the countryside first hand.

Depute headteacher Mrs Margaret McBride said: “The reason we got the trophy was because we initiated quite a lot of contact with Gill Lawrie of Newton of Arbirlot Farm.”

“The children get to see different things like what’s growing in Angus at the moment and she takes them out to her farm and lets them see the potatoes in the fields.”

According to Mrs McBride these visits are “absolutely” vital for school children to get a grasp of local environmental issues.

Bruce Christie, chairman of RHET ACI said: “The ACI committee felt that Muirfield Primary School was an excellent example of how schools can make the most of the opportunities RHET ACI offer to learn about farming, local food production and the environmental issues on farms.

“The presentation of the Charles Brown Trophy recognises their efforts in maintaining excellent involvement with their link farmer and for giving the children the opportunity to extend their knowledge of countryside awareness.”