Schoolchildren have created a garden at St Paul’s Church in Stoke-on-Trent to celebrate World Environment Day on June 5.
The pupils from St Gregory’s Catholic Academy also recycled car tyres into planters, painted wooden bird boxes, created a bug hotel and sowed about 100 sunflower seeds to take home.
The event was organised by the city council’s repair and maintenance company Unitas Stoke-on-Trent Ltd as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility remit. Unitas staff were helped by the city council, the church and Blurton in Bloom and the £1,000 project was funded by Unitas and Jewson builders’ merchants.
Erica Deaville, spokesperson for Unitas, said: “We had a fantastic day. Pupils and adults were shown how to create a bug hotel from items that can be found in the garden and were encouraged to build one in their own garden.
“Unitas is committed to its delivery of social and environmental activities like today’s event. Tracy Chattin, Unitas’ Corporate Social Responsibility Co-coordinator has worked with Jewson, a supplier that is part of our company’s framework, to make today happen.
“We’d especially like to thank the council’s highways team for supplying and setting up safety barriers and Derek Thursfield nurseries for providing the plants and adding extras free of charge.”
St Gregory’s Catholic Academy runs an Eco Council with two children from each class and the activity helped children learn about recycling.
Teacher Joseph Humphries said: “We are committed to helping our school become eco-friendly; this means reducing our waste and carbon footprint, reusing materials wherever possible and recycling materials.
“The Eco Council looks for ways to help our wider community – such as gardening, revamping local areas and becoming involved in the discussions about Blurton in Bloom, so this project was ideal.”
Steve Harrison, branch manager at Jewson Hanley, said: “We were happy to donate the materials for the day. Jewson welcomes the opportunity to work with Unitas and the local community.”