Students’ greenest greenhouse

The Prince's Trust volunteers Joe Cross and Dionne Gardener with some of the plants grown in the eco greenhouse
The Prince's Trust volunteers Joe Cross and Dionne Gardener with some of the plants grown in the eco greenhouse

TWELVE students found the bottle to build an eco-friendly greenhouse.

The group from The Prince’s Trust in Hartlepool decided to put themselves to the test and construct a 6ft greenhouse made from empty plastic bottles.

The task took place at Southbrooke Farm, in the town’s Summerhill Lane, and the finished product will hopefully be used by youngsters with behavioural difficulties to plant flowers and vegetables.

Tutor Matt Wigmore, who was overseeing the course run by Stockton Riverside College and The Prince’s Trust, said: “We’ve been building the greenhouse for children with alternative education needs to grow plants in.

“Andy Lanchester, who owns the farm, kindly let us use his farm to carry out the community project. It was actually him who gave us the inspiration because he’d seen a similar construction on the Chelsea Flower Show and thought if we could build one it would be a good extra addition to the farm.

“The group have all had a great time building the greenhouse and working as a team.”

The group, who are all from Hartlepool, included Sarah Cannell, 20, Shahima Khanum, 18, Joe Cross, 18, Jamie-Lee Buthlay, 21, Rachael Gaffney, 18, Tom Pounder, 17, Ben Robinson, 18, Emily Hutchinson, 17, Hollie Lowery, 17, Laura Sorby, 17, and Dionne Gardener, 18.