Council lends a hand building school greenhouse

by | 2 August 2021 | Environment, Sherwood

An Ollerton school committed to helping the environment has thanked two members of Council staff for building a new greenhouse to support its planting projects.
Newark and Sherwood District Council’s Street Scene team usually spends its working days making the district cleaner, safer and greener, but last month, two members of the team spent the day constructing a new greenhouse at the Parkgate Academy in Ollerton.
The school’s Junior Council first visited the Newark and Sherwood District Council headquarters in October 2019, where they learned about all aspects of local government, from elections, to submitting planning applications, to environmental issues.
Having returned to school equipped with an extensive list of ways to reduce, reuse and recycle, a group of four ‘eco warriors’ were appointed to encourage and oversee the school’s environmental activities, as well as the saving of water, electricity and recycling of resources.
The group, from year five, were then successful in being awarded funds from a Tesco grant, enabling them to buy a greenhouse for their environmental endeavours. Having already established links with the District Council’s Environmental Services team, staff members Steve and Steve were only too happy to lend a hand to the pupils when the greenhouse proved complicated to build.
The Council has pledged to continue supporting the school with its eco-initiatives, with tree planting planned in the autumn and a litter pick at the nearby Boughton Brake taking place in the summer.
Ben Stacey, Street Scene Manager at Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “The team had a great day at the school and it was a real pleasure to help the students out. They have put such hard work into their garden and it’s been great to hear about some of the produce they’ve already grown in the greenhouse.”
The eco warriors meet at lunchtimes to discuss their ideas and after school, take part in the Parkgate Academy’s gardening club. Currently, the school garden is a hive of activity, with baby lettuces, rocket, spinach, rainbow chard, runner beans, sweetcorn and pumpkins all being produced. In the greenhouse, three varieties of tomato plants are flourishing, along with melon, peppers and cucumber.
Purpose built containers are available at the school to collect fruit skins, plastic bottles and tops, crisp packets and foil. Recently, the plastic bottle tops were weighed, with the money raised donated to the John Eastwood Hospice at Sutton in Ashfield.
With one eye to the future, plans are afoot to recycle food waste at Parkgate, transforming it into rich compost, having recently purchased three compost bins, two water butts, a variety of gardening tools and a wormery from a Veolia grant.