Pupils at a Swansea valley school have proven their green credential after being awarded a top eco award.

The Eco committee at Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Cwmllynfell have been awarded the prestigious Platinum plus award after previously gaining three Green Flag awards and a Platinum award thanks to the environmental education programme, Eco-Schools.

Eco-Schools is an international programme run in Wales by environmental charity, Keep Wales Tidy and funded by the Welsh Government. Over 90 per cent of schools in Wales are registered on the programme.

The Eco-schools programme inspires and empowers pupils to be leaders of change in their community, helping them learn about sustainable living and global citizenship while giving them the information and support they need to make changes that will benefit their school, local environment and wider community, such as reducing waste, energy consumption, transport, biodiversity, healthy living and litter issues.

As part of their Eco-Schools Platinum Plus assessment, YGG Cwmllynfell provided the Foundation Phase children with an interesting and stimulating area to play during all weather.

Teacher Helen Thomas, said: “Due to this project the children can go outside and take part in physical activities during all weather, especially play times and not be inside watching T.V. The canopy is also large enough to conduct outdoor classrooms.

Matt Bunt, Education Officer for Keep Wales Tidy said: “The Platinum plus Award is a very impressive achievement and highlights the enthusiasm and commitment that YGG Cwmllynfell has towards sustainable development. The dedication of the Eco-Committee over many years has been inspirational. I’d like to congratulate and thank all of the pupils and staff involved for their hard work!”