Green-fingered pupils in cash win

Denbigh Primary Schools Eco Council with Rebecca Wilson (left), from Groundwork North East, and Laura Manley (right), the councils environmental sustainability project officer.
Denbigh Primary Schools Eco Council with Rebecca Wilson (left), from Groundwork North East, and Laura Manley (right), the councils environmental sustainability project officer.
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Pupils are hoping their school garden will flourish after winning a top prize.

Denbigh Community Primary School, in Wallsend, has scooped a £300 prize from North Tyneside Council for the children’s environmental efforts.

The prize, awarded once a term, is given to schools that keep to their promise of washing, squashing and recycling any recyclable materials.

Students identified items that could be recycled but also promised to recycle more at home too.

They have used the prize money to buy plants for the school’s recently revamped sensory garden, which is already home to chickens, rabbits and guinea pigs, as well as a variety of flowers.

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for environment, said: “I’d like to thank and congratulate the children and staff at Denbigh Community Primary School – they’ve worked very hard and I’m pleased their prize has helped to revamp their fantastic sensory garden.

“The competition is proving to be extremely popular with both schools and the wider community. Denbigh is the ninth school to be awarded the £300 prize and over 100 residents have won a share of £7,000 in vouchers.

“We’ve had over 2,000 residents now pledge to wash, squash and recycle, which is great news because waste isn’t just a council problem. We need everyone to do their bit and recycle properly so we don’t waste money on unnecessary landfill charges, money that could be much better spent elsewhere.”