YOUNGSTERS from St Mary’s Primary School in Workington re-visited the Studsvik Metals Recycling Facility (MRF) in Lillyhall last week to see ‘one year on’ the winning butterfly garden they planted last summer.
Last year the pupils won with an ‘inspired design’ after the company launched a competition amongst local schools to landscape a patch of land at their Joseph Noble Road site.
The company invited the children back to the facility earlier this month to look at what had grown and also to plant some new flowers. As well as planting special butterfly-friendly flowers and plants near the entrance, the children visited the company’s educational viewing gallery to learn about metal recycling. The plant takes in contaminated scrap metal from the nuclear industry, cleans it and then recycles it..
Pupil Harry Wood, aged 10 said: “It was really interesting watching everything from the viewing room and we learned where the metal comes from in the country”. To engage them in learning in the facility the pupils were given activities and workbooks to do, to help with their key stage 2 school syllabus.
The class teacher Miss Taylor said: “All of the children had a fantastic afternoon visiting the site and the activities that were planned for them were interesting and motivational. It is good for the children to make links with local businesses and discover what is going on around them. Class 4 love working outdoors so this suited them perfectly! It was very kind of Studsvik to invite the children back 'one year later' as the children were very proud of their butterfly garden design”.
Vicky Cooke, the UK Marketing Officer for Studsvik, added: “The school’s entry was fantastic and we wanted to get the pupils back to the facility to see how things have developed over the last year. This is part of our Stakeholder engagement programme set up to achieve effective communication between Studsvik and our local community.
Landscape gardeners Jane Barker and John Shead brought along a selection of flowers which the children planted. John said: “This was a continuation from the initial planting last year and a now many of the plants are established and flowering attracting more and more insects and butterflies”.