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Swaffham pupils take steps for planet

PUBLISHED: 08:43 22 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:57 02 June 2010

Swaffham youngsters walk to school in orderly fashion!

Swaffham youngsters walk to school in orderly fashion!

Youngsters from Swaffham Junior School have taken tentative steps to help save the planet by ditching the car in favour of their feet.

As part of the town's Energy and Environment Week a walking bus has been set up to encourage children to go by foot for at least part of the journey to and from school.

Youngsters from Swaffham Junior School have taken tentative steps to help save the planet by ditching the car in favour of their feet.

As part of the town's Energy and Environment Week a walking bus has been set up to encourage children to go by foot for at least part of the journey to and from school.

On Monday dozens of pupils gathered bright and early at the Theatre Street car park for the first day of the week long venture.

With Beech Close cordoned off by police, both children and parents were able to walk safely in convoy from the car park to the school gate.

They arrived in time to start lessons, having had a healthy walk and having saved their parent's petrol bills too.

The walking bus is just one of the events being held throughout the special week.

Tomorrow, an information day will be held at the Eco-Tech centre offering advice on everything from energy saving and the grants that are available to recycling and water conservation.

It is a chance to ask the experts what you can do to reduce your own carbon footprint and cut your bills at the same time.

Tours of the turbine will run throughout the day and there will be a special showing of Al Gore's film An Inconvenient Truth

at 2pm.

On Friday Swaffham Community Centre will host a second exhibition on energy, how it is generated and the advances in renewable energy.

There will be a chance to get a better understanding of how solar, wind and water power work thanks to experiments conducted with the help of students from Hamond's High School.

For more information go to wwwiceni.info/pages/energy-environment-week-2008.php

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