TIME is running out for pupils and schools in Gloucestershire to get funding for their green energy idea to become reality.

The ScottishPower Green Energy Trust is calling on year 7-8 pupils across England to submit their ‘big green dream’, which could get £10,000 backing.

Pupils should submit ideas about how to make their school greener, and could range from recycling initiatives to supporting a school eco group or installing a wind turbine.

One school will receive the top prize of £10,000 while four runners up will win £5,000 and eight schools will get £1,000.

Pupils can make creative entries such as drawings, videos, collages, poems or paintings and the entries will be judged by the ScottishPower Green Energy Trust, an independent charity which helps community renewable energy projects get off the ground.

Funded entirely by donations from ScottishPower’s Green Energy Fund customers, the Green Energy Trust has awarded over £1.6 million to more than 154 projects since it was first established in 2000.

Alison McKean, Social and Environmental Policy Manager at ScottishPower and a Trustee of the ScottishPower Green Energy Trust, said: “The countdown is on for school pupils to share their Big Green Dream and show they have what it takes to design a brighter future for their school. We’re looking for ideas that will blow us away and support the school in being environmentally friendly for years to come.”

For more information about the competition or to submit an entry before 31 December, please visit biggreendream.co.uk