Turning wasteland over to wildlife

Cullercoats Primary School pupils renovating an area in the school grounds and planting it to attract wildlife and insects.  GM014341

Cullercoats Primary School pupils renovating an area in the school grounds and planting it to attract wildlife and insects. GM014341

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Green-fingered children have transformed a piece of wasteland at their school into a new wildlife garden.

Year three pupils researched the best plants to attract insects, especially bees, and other wildlife, and chose the theme ‘recycle, re-use and reclaim’, to create the garden at Cullercoats Primary School.

Empty bottles were given a new lease of life as bird feeders and bee hives, and tractor wheels were even used to create ponds.

The five-week project started as part of National School Grounds Week, an annual campaign all about teaching and learning outdoors.

Year three teacher at Cullercoats Primary School, Jen McCall, said: “The children have got so much out of it.

“They have come into school really enthusiastic and they have done lots of work at home.

“It is pushing their learning forward and getting them out of the classroom so they can be more hands-on.

“They have absolutely loved it and they have shown more interest in the rest of the school grounds.

“They have a real sense of pride and they really want to look after it. It has given them a real sense of ownership.”