School’s really ‘green’ greenhouse

Benwick Primary School Children have been collecting plastic bottles and have made a greenhouse. 'no order Harrison, Scarlett, George, Thomas, Freya and Leo
Benwick Primary School Children have been collecting plastic bottles and have made a greenhouse. 'no order Harrison, Scarlett, George, Thomas, Freya and Leo
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Benwick Pupils proved they had a lot of bottle when it comes to recycling by building a greenhouse out of old plastic bottles.

The 10ft by 8ft structure, which was finished over the school holidays, was based on a design picked up by teacher Angela Wood during an RHS course in London.

It is made out of around 900 plastic bottles collected by the school’s 100 pupils with help from the local community. Every child in the school helped build it by washing all the bottles and cutting the bottoms off so they could be slotted over canes, which were then attached to a wooden frame.

Mrs Wood, who runs the school’s after school gardening club, explained the greenhouse will now be fitted with benches and will also have a soil bed on one side.

It will be used to bring on seedlings and provide a useful indoor gardening space.

“The children have thoroughly enjoyed helping to build the greenhouse. We are the first school in Fenland to use this design and I would like to think we could even be the first in Cambridgeshire,” she said.