FUTURE guardians of the planet were praised on Monday (October 6).
From nursery pupils all the way up to secondary, children were lauded for their work to protect the environment in their school yards.
Chichester’s mayor John Hughes, accompanied by tree warden Geoff King and city councillor Richard Plowman, visited all city schools taking part in July to judge the most environmental.
At the prizegiving in the Assembly Rooms, in North Street, Cllr Plowman told the children: “What you’ve been doing and why you’re so special is you’ve been looking after your own little bit of the planet. That’s a very important thing.”
Fellow judge Geoff King said the awards had been given out since 1998, adding this was the first year he saw engagement taking hold of the older children, with Chichester High School for Girls winning an award.
The general impressions winner was St Richard’s Catholic Primary School, with CHSG the runner up and Parklands Primary School highly commended.
Rumboldswhyke School won the environmental awareness category, with Jessie Younghusband runner up and St Richard’s highly commended.
The judges’ award went to the Chichester Nursery School, with Rumboldswhyke runner up and Central Junior School highly commended.