April 25, 2012
-- The Cockleshill Park-based nursery had just won the coveted Green Flag as part of the Scottish Eco-School programme – an international initiative to raise environmental awareness amongst children.
Said Morris, CEO at Asquith Day Nurseries: “This is a major achievement for our Renfrew nursery. The children, staff and parents have worked extremely hard for over three years to win this award and so I thought I should be there to fly the flag as part of our weekend Open Day event. It was pouring with rain when I arrived but before I could run the splendid new green flag up the pole, two of our nursery children, Sean and Zackary decided it was a job for them, not me. I know when I’m beaten. They had pole position - so I just stood back and let them do it.”
Judith Cairns, a Renfrew-based parent who sits on the nursery’s eco-committee and is mum to Zackary added: “To be honest I felt a bit sorry for the Asquith CEO. He had ridden all the way from London on a motorcycle to do this – and then the two boys rather stole his thunder.”
She added: “The children all love getting involved with the environmental projects they had to complete to win this Green Flag award – they love being part of it.”
Margaret Blades, manager at Renfrew Day Nursery said: “This is a major moment for our nursery. We’ve just had a major refurbishment and now we’ve picked up this fantastic award. We have a well-established recycling programme and the children here are all well aware of the importance of reusing items where possible. For example, they know how to make bird feeders from old milk cartons and - thanks to the generosity of the David Lloyd Centre who allow us to run an allotment on part of their land - the children plant seeds, and water and nurture them into plants and vegetables. Then they see how our chef turns them into food for their plates before we all recycle the peelings and waste into compost.”
She added: “This programme provides a stimulating environment for children which enables them to be responsible citizens and provides them with the knowledge to make a difference."