Construction and wildlife

The Tarmac winners: Ben (7), Harvey (9), Ailsa (8), Ava (6), Mrs Charlton (Headteacher),  Olivia (6), photo Fiona Dryden.
The Tarmac winners: Ben (7), Harvey (9), Ailsa (8), Ava (6), Mrs Charlton (Headteacher), Olivia (6), photo Fiona Dryden.

A north Northumberland village school has won a re-design of its school playground, after coming out on top in a wildlife competition.

Hipsburn First School scooped the prize in the Win With Wildlife competition, backed by Tarmac Ltd, which operates seven quarries in the county.

Tarmac joined forces with Northumberland Wildlife Trust to run the competition for schools in Northumberland, Newcastle and North Tyneside.

Headteacher Dot Charlton geared the curriculum of the whole school to embrace the competition.

Helped by a team of volunteer parents, the pupils surveyed the school grounds, hedges, allotment, and trees to establish what wildlife they supported.

They also set up a night camera to track which animals visited the grounds after dark.

The pupils then decided what could be done to improve the grounds for nature and came up with wildflower areas and a pond and wetland zone.

The prize will see Tarmac and Northumberland Wildlife Trust working with the school after the summer holidays to make their dreams become a reality.

From all the competition entries, three finalists were picked before Hipsburn First School was selected as the overall winner.