DODFORD First School is working towards achieving its second 'Eco-Schools Green Flag' award for its focus on the environment.

The award is run by charity Eco-Schools to recognise schools which champion environmental action and learning.

As part of their bid, Paul Tingle from Severn Trent Educational team visited the school on Monday, July 2, to find out what water saving projects the children have been working on.

Water is just one topic among others that the Green Team have focused on this year, with Severn Trent working closely with the school to teach the children about water and the water cycle.

Projects included the use of mini water butts from old plastic milk bottles, monitoring taps for leaks, and using leftover water from drinking bottles to water the garden.

A school spokesman said: "Paul was delighted with what he saw and praised all involved.

"The children have learnt that water butts are great for collecting rain water, and if the water is reused carefully then a large water butt should be able to provide all the water their garden needs.

"The children are so pleased with the new water butt and thank Severn Trent for all their support."

The school was awarded Green Flag status two years ago and needed to re-apply to attain it for a further two years.