School builds its own eco-classroom

A PRIMARY school has created a woodland classroom as part of its campaign to cut waste and help the environment.

Mark Lord

A PRIMARY school has created a woodland classroom as part of its campaign to cut waste and help the environment.

Edgar Sewter Primary School in Halesworth unveiled its newest classroom last week. The project has been built with sponsorship from the Halesworth Lions and B & J Howell Garden and Property Services.

Funds have also been raised by the Edgar Sewter Friends Group and the woodland classroom has been built by a working party of parents, teachers, governors and pupils.

The new woodland classroom features bird boxes and hedgehog houses as well as tables and chairs made out of tree trunks.

“We have already achieved the Bronze Eco-schools award and this is part of our work towards the silver status - and we are pretty much there,” said teacher Lucy Snowling.

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“The children have been brilliant they work really hard to make sure we are all as eco-friendly as possible. We have a scheme which monitors water and light use throughout the school and the children really enjoy being involved.”

The school is currently bidding to became an Eco-School, part of an international award programme that encourages schools to be environmentally-friendly.

It already composts its waste, and is currently looking at creating a scheme to harvest water, while the school is also part of the RSPB bird watching scheme and the BBC's Breathing Places campaign.

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