Is this the greenest nursery in the land?

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YOUNGSTERS and staff at a Wearside nursery are hoping to scoop a national environmental award.

Little Treasures Nursery in Washington is celebrating being one of five finalists in the Green Nursery category of the Nursery Management Today (NMT) Awards.

Staff from the environmentally friendly Concord nursery will travel to London’s Hilton Hotel next month hoping to be announced as winners by TV and rugby personality Austin Healy in front of an audience of 600 guests.

Owner Deborah Troup opened the nursery in Blue House Lane in 2000, and it now has more than 65 children.

Deborah said: “Everyone is thrilled that we are finalists. We have worked very hard to make the nursery environmentally friendly, and the children, parents and staff all contribute to our efforts.

“We used part of our car park to create an architect-designed garden where the children can grow vegetables, flowers and herbs, learn about birds and insects, as well as enjoying sound sculptures and outdoor activities.”

Little Treasures already holds a number of accreditations and a Healthy Early Years award.

Deborah said: “Our fingers are crossed, as we would just love to add the Green Nursery Award to those.”

The NMT Nursery Awards is an annual event with 15 categories to promote excellence in UK nurseries and give staff the recognition that they deserve.