44 schools across the Harrogate district are set to take part in the second ever ‘Walk to School Day’ this week.

40 primary schools and four secondary schools will walk, cycle and use public transport to get to school on Friday (8th October).

Organised by Zero Carbon Harrogate, the event aims to raise awareness for and help to tackle climate change.

Zero Carbon Harrogate’s Event Manager, Fiona Jones, said:

“This is such an important event for our community.

“Often children do not feel they have a voice when it comes to climate change, but a Walk to School Day is something that empowers children to cut their family’s carbon emissions through their own actions.”

The campaign was also supported by Andrew Jones, MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough.

He said:

“We all know walking and cycling are healthy and fun ways to get around – particularly if there is a group of you.

“Leaving the car behind also helps us tackle the climate emergency by reducing pollution and reducing the use of natural resources.

“I think it’s a great initiative and I hope it grows from a half-termly event to become part of the regular way school pupils – and the rest of us – tackle short journeys.”

The following schools have signed up for Walk to School Day:

  • Outwood Academy Ripon
  • Harrogate High
  • Ashville Senior
  • Harrogate Grammar
  • North Stainley
  • Scotton Lingerfield
  • Darley CP
  • Grewelthorpe
  • Brackenfield
  • Western
  • Pannal
  • Holy Trinity Infants
  • Holy Trinity Juniors
  • Oatlands Infants
  • Oatlands Juniors
  • Grove Road
  • Saltergate infants
  • Saltergate juniors
  • St Peter’s
  • Ashville Pre/Prep
  • Killinghall
  • Highfield Pre/Prep
  • Coppice
  • St Robert’s
  • St Joseph’s
  • Woodfield
  • Burton Leonard
  • Hampsthwaite
  • Tockwith
  • Aspin park
  • Marton-cum-Grafton
  • Meadowside
  • Skelton newby hall
  • Sharow
  • Rossett Acre
  • Summerbridge
  • New Park
  • Spofforth
  • Hookstone Chase
  • Ripon Cathedral
  • Richard Taylor

‘Walk to School Day’ is part of Zero Carbon Harrogate’s ‘Car Free Fridays’ campaign which aims to encourage better transport habits.

Find out more about ‘Walk to School Day’ here.

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