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Award for island's 'green' school

Llangefni school
The school was built with sustainable timber

Anglesey's first purpose-built 'eco-friendly' school has won a green award.

Ysgol y Graig in Llangefni, Anglesey, beat off Welsh competition to win the Consortium of Local Authorities in Wales' sustainability award for 2009.

The school, built with sustainable timber and a wildlife-friendly roof, produces over 50% of its own power.

A council spokesman said the school's design helped to teach its pupils "the importance of sustainability and the environment".

The school, designed by Anglesey council's architectural services team, opened its doors to more than 300 pupils in January.

It was built within walking or cycling distance for the majority of the children, and a direct footpath links the nearby housing estate creating a safe route to school for pupils.

Anglesey councillor William I Hughes described the building as a landmark development for the council in both design and construction.

"Due to its greenfield location it was important that it was sympathetic to the natural surroundings with sustainability one of the key considerations in the project's development," he added.


The council's education spokesman, Councillor Goronwy O Parry, said the council, supported by the Welsh Assembly Government, had invested £4.8m in the project.

"We are proud of what we have achieved at the school," he said.

"It provides its pupils with an excellent learning environment as well as teaching them about the importance of sustainability and the environment."

The consortium's award was launched in 2006 to promote excellence in the field of sustainable development in Welsh local authorities.

The annual award, said the organisation, aims to enhance the status of green and environmental initiatives like Ysgol y Graig.

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