Kids give three cheers for Tarmac!
Thursday 12th July 2012
© Fiona Dryden
School children in Northumberland have walked away with a fabulous prize, the re-design of their school grounds, courtesy of Tarmac Ltd.
Hipsburn First School near Alnwick scooped the prize in the 'Win With Wildlife' competition, backed by the international company which operates seven quarries in the county.
Tarmac joined forces with Northumberland Wildlife Trust to run the competition for schools in Northumberland, Newcastle and North Tyneside.
Dot Charlton, headteacher at the school which serves the villages of Hipsburn and Lesbury, geared the curriculum of the whole school to embrace the competition.
Helped by a team of volunteer parents, the pupils surveyed the school grounds, hedges, allotment and trees to establish what wildlife they supported.
They also set up a night camera to track which animals visited the grounds after dark.
The pupils then decided what could be done to improve the grounds for nature and came up with wildflower areas and a pond and wetland zone.
The prize will see Tarmac and Northumberland Wildlife Trust working with the school after the summer holidays to make their dreams become a reality. What a fantastic end to the school year!
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