The construction of the eco-greenhouse was successfully completed at the end of summer term and the photos show Mr CG Kim Chairmen of Lotte Chemical UK and John Baker Senior Technologist proudly attending the opening ceremony on the 2nd October.
Stephanie Evans, who leads the Club, said: “As well as promoting the concepts of recycling and re-use to the children, the greenhouse extends the growing season so that fruit and vegetables can be harvested as healthy produce for the school kitchen and supplied to our newly-established Cooking Club. We will sell any surplus to parents to generate additional income to buy more seeds and supplies so that we can become totally self-supporting.”
The new national curriculum requires that children understand where food comes from, seasonality and how different ingredients are grown and prepared. Year 10 Design and Technology students at Conyers’ got involved by working from designs to fabricate many of the component parts of the greenhouse and also helped with its assembly.
John Baker, Senior Technologist at Lotte, based on the Wilton International site, which provided £500 towards the costs, said: “We were delighted to sponsor such a great project with so many educational benefits. The type of plastic that goes into most fizzy drinks bottles is known as PET or polyethylene terephthalate and is totally recyclable, strong, lightweight and transparent – ideal for this kind of use. We can even recycle used PET into our process at Wilton to make new product.”
John Baker, went on to say that “PET containers form part of everyone’s daily life and can contain not only water but also soft drinks, edible oils, vegetables, fruit but many other sorts of liquids such as detergents or soap too. PET packaging is unbreakable, lightweight, transparent, re-sealable and allows container designers great freedom in the design of their packaging.”
PET is fully recyclable and is used in ‘bottle to bottle’ recycling, but is most widely recycled into fibres for making textiles, carpets and non-woven fabrics. Most of today’s football kits are made from recycled PET bottles.
PET can generally be identified by looking on the bottom of the container where a number or initials will indicate what type of plastic a container has been made from. If it is PET it may show the words ‘PET’ or ‘PETE’ and/or the number ‘1’ in a triangle”.
The proposed project is to build a large eco greenhouse utilising recycled 2 litre PET drinks bottles. The greenhouse will have a prime position in the school garden. The greenhouse will allow species diversity within the school garden that will be a great aid in delivering a new part of the curriculum. As well as promoting recycling to the children, the idea is that the greenhouse will extend the growing season so that fruit and vegetables can be harvested for use in the school kitchen and supplied to the newly established Cooking Club. Any additional produce will be offered for sale to parents to raise revenue to buy further seeds and supplies for the school garden club. The Schools hope is that with our eco-greenhouse in operation, the school garden club can become self supporting and provide a valuable learning environment for the children today and for the future.
The pupils will be encouraged to collect the recycled bottles and bring into school. The intended design for the greenhouse will require 1500 bottles. The local secondary school, Conyers of Yarm, has agreed to support the fabrication of the greenhouse. The Student Leaders in Year 10 within their Design & Technology Department will fabricate the fixtures and fittings needed to create the structure, working from the attached design. This will then be brought in pieces to Levendale, where the children from both schools will work together under supervision to construct the frame. The collaboration between the two schools is an important aspect of the project as it allows the benefits to go beyond the boundaries of the immediate school community. It will also give Y5 and Y6 students from Levendale the opportunity to experience the environment of their future school.The Gardening Club is open to all interested children at Levendale. The children will work in teams and be directly involved in all aspects of the garden including planting, watering and harvesting. The growth of the school garden should allow more children to be directly involved.The locally grown produce will be supplied to the school kitchen and served up as a healthy part of the school meal. Fruit will also be provided to Key Stage 2 classes that are excluded from the Government’s “5-A-Day” provision. Any excess produce will be sold to parents to raise income for future years planting.
- Promotes recycling and re-use of an everyday household waste item and will give the children a permanent visual reminder of recycling in action.
- Engagement with our local Secondary School and promotion of relationship between pupils from both schools.
- More children will be able to become involved in the Garden Club and the produce will allow the new Cooking Club to develop a seasonal focus to its recipes.
- The new national curriculum requires that children understand where food comes from, seasonality, how different ingredients are grown and how they are prepared.
- The kitchen garden will help us to deliver this aspect of the curriculum. The children will be encouraged to understand the environmental benefits of reducing “Food Miles” by growing your own and eating your own.
- Income generated from the sales of excess produce will allow the kitchen garden to become self-funding and therefore guarantee the longevity of the school garden, so that the benefits will extend to future generations of pupils.
- The output from the garden will allow the Cooking Club to establish a seasonal focus to their recipes.