WHEN their old greenhouse was blown away by gales earlier this year, pupils at a Sheffield school showed plenty of bottle to produce a replacement.
Yongsters at Brunswick School, Woodhouse, collected an incredible 1,600 two-litre water and pop bottles from their families to create the eco-friendly structure for their school garden.
It followed the school being awarded an Eco School green flag.
Eco School co-ordinator Jane Wilks said the children had found a design for a greenhouse made of bottles on a national website – but decided they could make a better one.
“Once all the bottles had been collected – which only took three weeks – we went to Lavers, Homebase and Wilkinsons who supplied all the wood and canes we needed free of charge,” she said.
“Then we turned over the blueprint to our buildings supervisor Trevor Trigg, who can turn his hand to just about anything. We were a bit sceptical about whether it would work but the finished thing looks great.”
Some parents sent in green bottles rather than clear plastic, which have been incorporated into the final design to give it a distinctive trim.
The greenhouse is in the school grounds and is part of the science garden, where pupils grow all sorts of plants and vegetables, including carrots, lettuces, green beans and pumpkins.
“We’ll be seeding crops in the greenhouse before we put them out in the garden to grow,” Jane said. “The greenhouse is now fully operational and it is very sturdy so we can’t imagine it will be disturbed by any future high winds.
“The foundations go 18 inches into the ground too! The children are really proud of the finished structure and are delighted with how the project has turned out.”