Ponthenri schoolchildren open weather station


Budding weather forecasters have been busy in the Gwendraeth Valley as part of their drive to tackle environmental issues.
Measuring temperature, patterns, wind speed and direction, air pressure and rainfall are all in a day’s work for Ponthenri schoolchildren.
The weather station, funded Carmarthenshire Environment Partnership, is the latest in a line of ongoing projects the school has carried out as part of their Eco Schools green flag criteria.
Other projects include a bug hotel, a path made out of logs, bird feeders, and a vegetable patch.
Eight year old Courtney Hopkins is keen to promote the vegetable patch she helped create.
She said: “Growing your own food is much healthier and we are also able to eat what we grow in our cookery sessions. I also enjoy recycling at home.”
Carmarthenshire has the highest number of Platinum and Green Flag in schools in Wales under the Eco Schools programme, which is supported Carmarthenshire Community Challenge.
Executive board member for Technical Services, Cllr Colin Evans said: “A weather station is a great sustainable tool to help educate and increase children’s knowledge on climate change and sustainability.
“It’s also about developing responsible attitudes, both at home and in the wider community.”
There are now 15 schools in Carmarthenshire to be awarded Platinum status (which is given to schools with four green flags) and 75 schools have achieved the Green Flag— both are the highest in Wales in any one authority.

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