Nursery manager Margaret Blades and her Eco-School coordinator Jan Mitchell collected the prestigious NMT Green Nursery Award 2012 at a four star London hotel at the weekend – and they admitted ‘jumping for joy’ as the announcement was made in front of hundreds of UK nursery owners and childcare experts.
Said Margaret: "We were so nervous. The tension was almost unbearable but when they called out our nursery’s name we were so thrilled and excited we jumped off our seats."
She added: "This has been an amazing three year-long journey with our fantastic children – firstly to gain the Eco-School Green Flag, which is part of an international initiative to raise environmental awareness - and secondly to win this important NMT award. The children were over the moon when I returned with the trophy – they’ve all worked so hard with us to make our nursery as eco-friendly as possible."
"They all engage with our recycling programme and they all understand the importance of reusing items wherever possible. Alongside enterprises like making bird feeders from old milk cartons, they also plant seeds on our nursery allotment and nurture them as they grow into plants and vegetables. Then they watch our chef turn them into food before all the waste is recycled."
Andy Morris, CEO at Asquith Day Nurseries, owners of Renfrew Day Nursery (pictured centre right) said: "We are extremely proud of this nursery’s achievement - and the way our team has engaged so well on this eco-programme with children and parents too. The Eco-School initiative provides excellent stimulus for children, enabling them to better understand and appreciate responsibility and citizenship – and we now busy implementing plans for ‘greener’ environments across our 79 UK locations."