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Pupils bottle it for greenhouse

GREEN-fingered youngsters have built the greenhouse of the future – from more than a thousand pop bottles.

GREEN-fingered youngsters have built the greenhouse of the future – from more than a thousand pop bottles.

The environmentally-friendly creation took four months to finish. Around twenty children aged from 7-11 were involved in the project, with hundreds more donating the vital ingredient - the plastic bottles.

The space-age structure, which stands proudly in the garden of Balsall Common Primary School, was the brainchild of learning support assistant Jack Odey.

“We run a very popular gardening club at the school and needed a greenhouse to grow fruit and vegetables,” Mr Odey said. “Instead of simply buying one, I thought it would be fantastic as a whole school project to make one out of plastic bottles.”

The children gave up their lunchtimes and spent time after school to help build the greenhouse.

Mr Odey added: “Even if pupils were not directly involved in the making of the greenhouse, they were involved in the collection of bottles. They were then able to see their materials put into ‘action’ to create something entirely new.”

The bottoms were cut off the bottles so that they could be slotted together along bamboo canes. Once the cane was filled with bottles they were attached to the frame of the greenhouse.

Mr Odey thanked local companies and individuals who provided other materials and expertise.

They included: Howard Rose (Magnet in Coventry), Wilfirs Fencing and Pathways and Karl Edwicker, of Asbury Contracts Ltd - who supplied materials and helped build the frame of the greenhouse.

 

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