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Winnersh Primary School collect £1,000 grant from Greenredeem community

Winnersh Primary School collect £1,000 grant from Greenredeem community

20 September 2016
Photo of a Greenredeem cheque presentation at Winnersh Primary School

Wokingham Borough residents have donated over 149,619 Greenredeem points to Winnersh Primary School as part of the Greenredeem
school donations programme.

The grant, worth £1,000, will help support the school in developing a sensory garden. The sensory garden will provide a place where children can be immersed in the sounds of nature and the scents, textures and colours of plants, herbs and flowers. Along with specially selected plants, the sensory gardens will also include wind chimes, flags, children's art and a place to sit and enjoy the surroundings.

Since the latest phase of the school donations scheme was launched in January 2016, Greenredeem members have been donating points to help their local schools benefit from grants of up to £2,000. Local residents have been working hard to earn points by recycling their paper, plastic bottles, cardboard and metal cans. In total, members have donated over 600,000 points during the six-month period, with Rivermead Primary School and The Colleton Primary School also benefiting from cash grants.

This is the first successful grant Winnersh Primary School has been awarded from
Greenredeem. The new features will allow pupils to build raised beds where the children can plant herbs to use in school. There will also be a Gardening Club, and the grant will give the children the opportunity to care for their own garden in a box.

Wokingham Borough Council's executive member for environment, Cllr Angus Ross , said: "Thanks to the generosity of residents in the Wokingham Borough, our schools are being given the opportunity to promote environmental awareness.

"In the world we live in, it is vital for sustainability and recycling to remain at the forefront of the school curriculum, and the funding from Greenredeem is allowing this to continue. Thank you to everyone who donates their points to this excellent scheme."

Helen Powell, headteacher of Winnersh Primary School, said: "We are absolutely thrilled to be awarded this grant. It’s a further step in our journey as a school and this area will make a huge difference to what we can offer our children. To be able to add more activities and resources will no doubt have a considerable impact on the school."

Commenting on the scheme's success, Greenredeem's director of marketing and communications, Rob Crumbie said: "It’s great to hear that teachers and pupils at Winnersh Primary are already encouraging their local community to lead a greener lifestyle.We are delighted to continue to support sustainable and educational initiatives such as this and we look forward to revisiting the school in the future to see the new additions to the planting areas!"

The school donations programme enables residents who are using the Greenredeem scheme to donate their points to local schools to help them earn grants for the development of initiatives that empower young people (three to 18-years-old) in the areas of environmental awareness, education and action.