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Primary pupils spearhead permaculture revolution (14th Nov 2015)

Primary school pupils hope to spearhead a permaculture revolution by transforming their school garden with re-used car tyres and carpet, and composted kitchen waste.

Youngsters at Legh Vale Primary in Haydock have just received their second prestigious green flag award for their sustainable school garden but are hoping to boost their environmental credentials by creating a permaculture showcase in the grounds from re-used and recycled materials.

Pupils, who have won £4,400 from Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia’s Community Fund for their latest project, will transform the space re-using tyres for planters and banks, carpets for weed barriers, canteen waste as compost and host of other items which would otherwise end up in landfill.

Legh Vale Primary headteacher Andy Howard said: “We’re in the middle of Haydock but have lovely grounds that we make the most of. We’ve had a sustainable garden since 2012 but wanted to take things further to really encourage recycling and reuse of waste.

“The idea is to use it to promote simple and innovative ideas to a wider local audience so they can find new ways to reduce waste and have fun doing it.”

The school plans to use the permaculture garden for a series of teacher training sessions (led by specialists, Ecolibrium) and other events encouraging local families to recycle and reuse more of their own household waste.

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority Chairperson Councillor Graham Morgan said: “The great thing about the Legh Vale project is that it is not just encouraging the school’s pupils to become more aware of recycling and waste.

“It’s got real potential to help the whole community change the way they treat household waste and so has an invaluable role to play in reducing Merseyside’s reliance on landfill.”


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Images show Legh Vale pupils with headteacher Andy Howard (back, right) and MRWA waste strategy policy officer Glynn Stephenson in the school garden.

Note to editors
1. The MRWA and Veolia Community Fund supports community and voluntary sector groups, not for profit social enterprises and schools in Merseyside and Halton.
2. MRWA operates (via a contract with Veolia ) 13 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) 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.