Youngsters’ joy at green award

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PUPILS at Hunmanby Primary School are celebrating after making the shortlist for the Yorkshire School’s Conservation Award.

The prestigious award, which will be presented to the winning school at this month’s Yorkshire Show, is run by Yorkshire Agricultural Society and Yorkshire Water.

It recognises a school’s commitment to providing outdoor learning facilities that help its pupils to gain unique and hands on learning experiences.

John Rix, acting headteacher at Hunmanby Primary School, said: “We are thrilled to be shortlisted and it really is testament to the hours and hours of hard work put in by parent volunteer Lisa Woolridge and her team, as well as the children from the gardening club.

“We are very proud of our school grounds and love showing them off at every opportunity. We feel it really does enrich and extend the curriculum we offer, and we hope to build on this in the future so it becomes truly integrated into the learning experiences of all our children.”

Work on Yorkshire Water’s One Million Green Fingers garden at Hunmanby Primary School began back in 2009 when volunteers from the company’s contract partners Lumsden and Carroll helped to create a sustainable school garden where pupils could grow their own fruit and vegetables.

The school now has a thriving wildlife garden, stumpery and pond area that really help bring learning to life. To complement this the vegetable garden, which is looked after by the pupils who sow, grow and harvest all the produce, is used as part of the curriculum and cookery club activities.

Anne Reed, colleague engagement advisor at Yorkshire Water, said: “We were very impressed by the wide range of opportunities to engage in outdoor learning provided for pupils at Hunmanby Primary School - from the allotments, the wildlife garden, the orchard and we particularly liked how the school involved the local community.

“We were delighted by the standard of all the entries and the garden really is a credit to the school.”

The school is one of five to be shortlisted for the award.