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Merseyside children flock to wetlands classroom (19 Jan, 2015)

Merseyside children are deserting their classrooms for the great outdoors after a popular city farm landed an £18,600 grant to promote environmental awareness.

The initiative highlights the benefits of recycling and is just one of a string of activities taking place as part of an Environmental Education project launched at the 108-acre Larkin’s Farm in Croxteth.

The farm launched the project after winning £18,600 from Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority’s (MRWA) Community Fund to create an environmental education site with wetlands walkway, footpaths, signage and bird boxes using recycled materials.

MRWA chairperson Councillor Graham Morgan said: “The farm has made fantastic use of the funding – not just by using recycled materials to transform part of the site but, in doing so, to create a specific attraction so school children can witness the benefits of recycling and environmental awareness first hand.”

Larkin’s Farm produces staple crops for distribution to the community and also houses an existing domestic wood recycling project, houses NSC’s Environmental Maintenance team, along with a therapeutic work (care) programme for individuals with learning difficulties, a schools mini-farms project involving 6 local primary schools, renewable energy/heat generation and wildlife habitat creation and management.

Phil Knibb of Larkin’s Farm said: “The funding has made a big difference by enabling us to invite even more school pupils down to the farm to be part of the outdoor classroom experience, and create a wetland area within the site as a new attraction.”

MRWA awarded funding from its £180,000 Community Fund to more than a dozen Merseyside and Halton community projects that are working to cut food waste, and recycle or reuse everything from textiles to furniture. Maximum grants available were up to £20,000.


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The attached images show children from Barlows Primary School, Fazakerley, pond dipping at the new wetland area funded by MRWA.

Note to editors:

  1. The MRWA Community Fund was open to community and voluntary sector groups, not for profit social enterprises and schools in Merseyside and Halton.
  2. MRWA operates (via a contract with Veolia Environmental Services) 13 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC’s) for householders in the Merseyside area wishing to recycle and dispose of their own waste.
  3. Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority is responsible for the disposal of municipal waste on Merseyside. Established in 1986 following the abolition of Merseyside County Council, it is a statutory Authority that works with all the local authorities on Merseyside – Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and safe and effective disposal of waste for Merseyside residents.