Pupils set to bag thou­sands of pounds for gar­den­ing project

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

TYTHER­ING­TON School has been short­listed for a com­mu­nity award worth thou­sands of pounds for its work with the en­vi­ron­ment.

Mem­bers of the new gar­den­ing club at the school were se­lected as one of three com­mu­nity groups and projects which will re­ceive money from the Tesco Bags of Help awards.

The awards, for which the su­per­mar­ket has teamed up with com­mu­nity char­ity Ground­work, of­fer groups in each of Tesco’s 416 re­gions across the UK a share of the rev­enue that is gen­er­ated from the 5p charge now paid for sin­gle-use car­rier bags.

The pub­lic will now vote in store up un­til Sun­day, Novem­ber 13 on who should re­ceive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards.

In to­tal, there is over £12.5 mil­lion up for grabs.

Stu­dents at the school have been ren­o­vat­ing a piece of derelict land on the school site to de­velop the gar­den­ing club, which head­teacher Manny Botwe says aims to de­velop team­work and com­mu­nity.

Mr Botwe said: “Our work has been recog­nised as hav­ing con­trib­uted to the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment and we are guar­an­teed an award of at least £8,000.

“The money will be used to pro­vide more equip­ment for the project and we also plan to in­volve lo­cal pri­mary schools and com­mu­nity groups.

“The aim is to de­velop an out­door class­room and an in­ter­ac­tive learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment in a se­ries of poly­tun­nels.”

You can vote for the school when you visit your lo­cal Tesco store.

Tyther­ing­ton School pupils in their gar­den from left to right: Fin Lonyon, Me­gan Houghton, Lexi Lovett, Lewis Peal and Michael Clarke.

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