MP visits school's Green House project

A SCHOOL which has just won an award for its environmental work was visited by local MP John Gummer yesterday .Mr Gummer went to look at Saxmundham Middle School's Big Green House project, where a former derelict building has become part of science education at the school, and to talk about democracy and environmental issues.

A SCHOOL which has just won an award for its environmental work was visited by local MP John Gummer yesterday .

Mr Gummer went to look at Saxmundham Middle School's Big Green House project, where a former derelict building has become part of science education at the school, and to talk about democracy and environmental issues.

The school was awarded a green flag after winning an Eco Schools gold award.

The award was in recognition of their planting schemes, building, nature trails, recycling initiatives and work on renewable energy such as wind generators and solar panels that will eventually power the Big Green House.


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The greenhouse project is nearly at the stage where it can be controlled remotely from computers.

"I think it's the first school in the country to do that," said school head Malcolm Short. "Our plan is that we will build a new laboratory that will go straight into it."

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Neil and Lesley Morgan, science teachers at the school since last September, have been at the forefront of the environmental work there, he explained.

The couple were both involved in advising on environmental centres and environmental education before they started at the school.

The progress of the Big Green House, which is run by parents, pupils and staff, can be viewed on the school at www.saxmiddle.org.uk.

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