Pupils help create wildlife garden

School children from Barmston Primary School with teacher Mrs Amanda Foster

School children from Barmston Primary School with teacher Mrs Amanda Foster

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GREEN-FINGERED children have helped create a new wildlife garden at a Washington health site.

Pupils from Barmston Primary School, in Washington, helped plant orchards, bulbs and hedges and installed a bird feeder at Barmston Medical Centre.

They were recruited, along with volunteers, by Durham Wildlife Trust (DWT) and NHS South of Tyne.

Christine St Clair, chairwoman of governors at the school, said: “The children all loved being involved with this community project, and as the centre is just across the road from the school they can see how the garden is growing.

“We have the Eco Schools Green Flag and our children are very interested in conservation and biodiversity so this project was a great one for us to be involved in.”

Staff from Premier Inn hotels in Durham City and Cummins Engines Co. Ltd were also on hand to help with the project as well as Annette Morris, outreach project co-ordinator at DWT.

She said: “We recruited a number of volunteers from local schools and businesses to help with the creation of the garden. Without their help we could not have finished the work so quickly.”

Karl Huscroft is a specialist engineer in the estates department of NHS South of Tyne and Wear, which works on behalf of Sunderland Teaching Primary Care Trust.

He added: “This project is part of our work to become more sustainable and environmentally friendly across our premises.”

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