Friday, 26 June 2009

My colleague Liz Rushton, science and sustainability co-ordinator at Moor Allerton Hall Primary School sent me this e-mail...

"Dear Chris, We want to tell you about some amazing work going on at our school for sustainability during our Community Week this week. The Million Green Fingers teams from Yorkshire Water have supported us in tranforming our tired and overgrown wildlife garden into a truly wonderful teaching resource. In partnership with Laing Rourke, to provide excavation services and structures and CP Gill to provide wood chippings and timber they have drawn on their skills and passion for gardening to provide a pathway trail, willow tunnel, bench and seating, a huge insect hotel, a hedgehog shelter, bird boxes and many shrubs and trees to attract a great variety of minibeasts. The children have been fascinated watching the construction and have helped with the planting. They can't wait to get in and use the garden. Next week on Thursday after school - 2nd July 3:45, we are having an official opening and thank you ceremony. Steve Ruse will be there and he urged me to let you know about it. It would be great if you could drop by and see the garden and hear all about our recent Green Week and this week's Caribbean Carnival Community Week. Best wishes Liz."

We are so lucky having passionate, enthusiastic and brilliant colleagues like Liz transforming our schools and with her partners and supporters building such a wonderful teaching and learning resource for her children. I passionately believe that every school in Leeds should be developing facilities like these and creating gardens, allotments and habitats where children can grow and learn and become little eco-warriors helping us all re-use, re-cycle, re-new.

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