Youngsters getting their hands dirty

Clavering pupil, Liam, working in the school garden.
Clavering pupil, Liam, working in the school garden.

GREEN-FINGERED primary school youngsters are set to be judged on their wildlife and gardening work.

Children at Clavering Primary School, in Hartlepool, have created new flowerbeds and vegetable gardens as well as developing the school’s pond and constructing an outdoor learning area.

The hard work of the Clavering Gardening Club and the school’s Eco Club is helping towards the school’s aim of achieving the Green Flag award.

The projects have been partly funded by Tees Valley Wildlife Trust and the Esh Group and staff from the group will be in school on Monday to judge the hard-working youngsters on their work.

Teacher Tamsin Murray, who has worked with the youngsters for the last two years alongside teaching assistant Ralph Bainbridge, said: “The children have been fantastic.

“Our big project for this year is introducing and developing our outdoor learning area.

“This will be used by children across the school and throughout the curriculum and will include a specially-constructed seating area, a fairy dell, opportunities to study mini-beasts, and observation pods for wildlife on the land and in our pond.”

Deputy headteacher Neil McAvoy added: “As a school, we are committed to not only teaching about protecting the environment, but to actively get our hands dirty and do it.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Miss Murray and Mr Bainbridge for the countless number of hours that they have given up and to the children for all the work they have done.”