The aim of the challenge was to find out who was the cleverest when it came to energy conservation, reducing waste and environmental best practice. It was open to all secondary schools in the county.
The judges were particularly impressed that Dyffryn Taf has a litter prevention and recycling strategy in place. The school has also been monitoring its energy use and made efforts to reduce its consumption; and much work has been carried out on the school garden with plans to develop it into a recreational and educational resource.
As well as the prize money, the school received a certificate of achievement and some litter recycling bins so that pupils can recycle in the school yard as well as inside the classroom.
Carmarthenshire County Council’s Executive Board Member for the Environment Cllr Philip Hughes and local member Cllr Sue Allen went along to the school to hand over the cheque.
Cllr Hughes said: “I would like to congratulate all the pupils and staff for all their efforts and hard work in improving the school environment which will go a long way to reducing their overall carbon footprint.
“It is very encouraging to see that secondary schools are looking at ways of reducing their school waste. Local authorities have very challenging recycling/composting targets to reach, so it is important that we all play a part to help achieve those targets.”
The prize money will go towards purchasing materials, plants and garden furniture to develop the school garden and pay for repairs to the greenhouse.
Dyffryn Taf has already achieved the Green Flag under the Eco Schools programme.
Cllr Allen, who is also a Governor at the school, added: “I am very impressed with the good work being carried out at Dyffryn Taf and I think we could all learn a lesson from them in how to be more environmentally-friendly in our daily lives. Well done to all the staff and pupils.”
First prize went to Ysgol Glanymor in Burry Port and Bryngwyn School in Llanelli came third.