Breckon Hill School

Students at Breckon Hill Primary School

Volunteers get green to make a difference

Students spent time at Breckon Hill Primary School sprucing up the playground tunnels, planting new raised flower beds and weaving willow trees during Good Deed Day as part of National Student Volunteering Week.

During the day, support was on hand from One Planet Middlesbrough who helped a team of year six pupils to compost waste paper and banana skins and apple cores from the daily fruit provision.

Cherry Diemoz, headteacher at Breckon Hill Primary School, said: 'I would like to say a big thank you to all the students and organisers who gave up their time to give our grounds a makeover, it looks amazing.'

Sam Piggot, one of the student volunteers, said: 'It was a lot of fun - it feels good to help people in my free time and it's a great way to gain experience and build confidence in different working environments.'

Joe Dunne, from One Planet Middlesbrough, added: 'Schools generate massive amounts of waste paper, cardboard and now fruit waste. It is wonderful to see the school introduce a system to reduce the amount they throw away and turn it into something very useful. The pupils will now take composting on as their project, and help other pupils put the correct things in the compost bins.'

Click to watch a video about the event