MORE than 350 children from schools in Borehamwood and Elstree descended on the civic offices of Hertemere Borough Council for an interactive environmental health fair today.

The event, which is in its 15th year, had a number of stalls teaching children about health and the environment in the area.

Stalls at the event had displays about healthy eating, hygiene, recycling and a box where children were encouraged to scream as loud as the can, teaching them about noise pollution.

All the stalls had interactive elements to help teach pupils, including one stall with live insects for children to hold, which proved to be one of the most popular displays.

Yvette Statham, from the council and who co-ordinated the event said: “The idea of the fair is to make something that seems boring to learn about and make it more exciting for the children.”

There were also stalls from Borehamwood fire station talking about fire safety and St John Ambulance teaching first aid.

One pupil Mia Ford, aged nine, from St Nicholas School, in St Nicholas Close, Elstree, said: “I think the whole fair is really good and taught us loads about health and how to be safe.”

“It’s been really fun but we’ve learnt at the same time and my favourite part was the first aid bit and learning how to help people.”

Angela Micklethwaite, a teacher at St Nicholas School said: “It’s been great for all the children and a chance for them to learn about environmental issues.

“They’ve engaged with the displays and they’ve really enjoyed themselves.”

The fair was run by Hertsmere Borough Council’s environmental team with officers and team members on the stalls talking to pupils.

Hertsmere Borough Mayor Peter Knell said: “The whole fairs been fantastic and it gets children into the council and shows them the type of things we do.”