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Harrogate primary school take part in 'Walk to School Week' challenge

Pupils at Western Primary School in Harrogate have been travelling to school sustainably as part of the 'Walk to School Week' challenge. 

Pupils at a Harrogate primary school have been travelling to school sustainably as part of the 'Walk to School Week' challenge. Western Primary School on Cold Bath Road has invited each class to log their daily journeys, whilst learning about the advantages of active travel. 'Walk to School Week' is an annual, five-day challenge hosted by Living Streets, the UK charity for every day walking. [caption id="attachment_10324" align="alignnone" width="2560"] Year 2 pupil at Western Primary Nyah, and a poster for Walk to School Week.[/caption] The theme for this year’s event, held from 17th – 21st May, is the 'walking superpowers' that benefit individuals, the community and the planet.

Year 6 pupil, Gabe, said:

"It is better to walk to school because cars are bad for the environment and I have had more time to chat to my family this week."

The aim of the week is to highlight the important of walking and the benefits it can have on physical and mental health, as well as concentration levels in children.

Rod Beardshall, Zero Carbon Harrogate’s Transport Lead, said:

"We’re delighted that Western Primary is participating in Walk to School Week. Transport is responsible for almost half of all emissions across Harrogate District, so to meet our Net Zero targets, there is an urgent need to encourage and enable more sustainable journeys across our community.

"The school run is a key part of that, and it’s great to see schools promoting the many benefits of active travel in their classrooms."


Fiona Jones, Event Manager for Zero Carbon Harrogate, added:

"Based on the success of this week, we realised there was a need for a more regular walk to school campaign within our local community.

"On Friday 18th June we are launching the Harrogate District Walk to School Day, which will be the start of regular half-term event. It's all about building positive habits."

Zero Carbon Harrogate is a volunteer-led charity dedicated to making Harrogate District a net zero carbon community by 2030 in order to secure a sustainable future. Find out more online here: https://www.zerocarbonharrogate.org.uk/

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