Green accolade for Baldernock Primary

Baldernock Primary School. Kids outside plastic botlte greenhouse. Eco School Green Space Award'Photo Emma Mitchell'16/11/12
Baldernock Primary School. Kids outside plastic botlte greenhouse. Eco School Green Space Award'Photo Emma Mitchell'16/11/12

BALDERNOCK Primary has won the Central Scotland Forest Trust’s (CSFT) Greatest Greenspace competition.

The school battled it out with others from across the region to take the top prize of £100 vouchers for Dobbies Garden Centre.

They received the accolade of Best Educational Environment in the competition for their its recycled plastic bottle greenhouse.

The greenhouse was constructed by the pupils from scratch and it will be their responsibility to maintain it thus gaining more experience of the natural environment.

It will be used to grow seasonal plants and produce vegetables to eat within the school and already the pupils have managed to grow some potatoes.

Teacher Avril Meldrum said: “It’s a great achievement for the school to have been selected as the winner in this competition.

“We are very proud of our recycled plastic bottle greenhouse which has been a fantastic and interactive teaching tool to encourage children to consider the environment.

“We are thrilled to have won the £100 vouchers for Dobbies Garden Centre and we intend to buy plants and gardening tools to help us maintain and further improve the greenhouse.”

Simon Rennie, chief executive of CSFT, said: “We’d like to congratulate Baldernock Primary School for the outstanding entry to our Greatest Greenspace competition.

“The school’s creative plastic bottle greenhouse concept has helped to portray positive environmental messages to the pupils from start to finish, from recycling plastics to home grown produce and biodiversity, the project really does set a fantastic example to other schools.”

THE GREEN TEAM . . . pupils outside their greenhouse made out of plastic bottles. (Ref: M21820) Picture: EMMA MITCHELL