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Local Schools among those to receive funding for Environmental Projects

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Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has today announced that 32 schools will receive £90,245 from DOE’s Challenge Fund for environmental projects.

In June this year, the Minister invited applications from community groups and schools to carry out projects that would improve their local environment.

Announcing the successful projects at Thornhill College in Derry, Mark H Durkan said: “It is fantastic to see the passion that our young people have in the protection and enhancement of the environment. A good example of that is the project at Thornhill College.

“The College, will work with Zero Waste North West and the Council to deliver a programme of recycling education across the whole school. The project will not only deliver a tangible environmental benefit through less waste going to landfill, but it will also reap dividends for years to come as 1,400 pupils see at first hand the benefits of recycling.

“This is something that we can all learn from and encourage. This work with young people is vital not only for the local environment and wider community in the here and now, but for generations to come.”

The Minister continued: “I pledged that the 5p levy on carrier bags would be ploughed back into the environment. The Challenge Fund is one way of doing that.

“I commend all the Challenge Fund applicants for their desire to carry out real environmental action within their communities, and I am looking forward to seeing the outcomes of these 32 schools projects in the coming months.”

The local schools which will benefit from this funding are Carhill Integrated Primary School in Garvagh and Portstewart Primary School.

Carhill is to receive £2,470 for it’s “Carhill Goes Wild” project, which will see the development of an outdoor space within the school grounds for growing food, a biodiversity area and as a sensory space, space,

Portstewart Primary will receive £3,800 for their project called “It’s a Bug’s Life Outdoor Classroom” where pupils will study the plants and creatures that live in seaside areas and will create two different ‘beach type’ gardens. By planting native plants they will support wildlife and biodiversity in the school grounds.

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