PUPILS at Bosbury Primary School recently spent a week celebrating National Science Week, and they followed this up with a high-profile ‘strike’ and demonstration about climate change.

Joining forces with a local councillors, they organised a parade and left their village in no doubt about their deep concerns about the planet.

And the children had the full support of their head teacher, Maggie Spence.

Miss Spence said: “They have focussed their learning on the environment and welcomed Councillor Ellie Chowns, Herefordshire Council’s cabinet member for the environment, economy and skills, into the school.

“They asked topical questions, showed curiosity and demonstrated respect towards their guest.

Coun Chowns donated a tree and the children planted it with her. She also donated Greta Thunberg’s book for the school library and spoke to the children about how little things can make a big difference.”

The children and staff went on strike and demonstrated throughout Bosbury village with Cllr Chowns.

They sang, chanted, rang bells and twirled streamers, while local residents indicated their support.

Miss Spence said: “We are very grateful to Councillor Ellie Chowns who visited our school and listened to our concerns and answered our questions. It was a fantastic opportunity for the children to hear about environmental issues locally and globally.”

Councillor Ellie Chowns said: “It’s been brilliant being at Bosbury, such great children with lots of challenging questions. The school strike was wonderful.”

Herefordshire Council has resolved to set a target of zero carbon emissions by 2030, “to minimise the council’s impact on the environment.”

At the cabinet meeting held on September 26 last year, elected members agreed to “accelerate a reduction of emissions and aspire to become carbon neutral by 2030/31.”

The council also pledged to deliver an updated carbon management plan for the council emissions by next month, April 2020; to work to develop a revised countywide CO2 reduction strategy aspiring for carbon neutrality by 2030, and where possible to use 100 per cent renewably sourced energy.