It’s a green machine!

Recycling, making green choices and winning awards is all part of the process for Grange View First School in Widdrington Station, which scooped the Green Champion crown.

The school picked up the prize for the Northumberland School Recycling Green Points Challenge in the Love Northumberland Awards earlier this year after a number of initiatives which saw pupils rack up the points.

Pride of Northumberland awards night at Linden Hall, Morpeth-Green Champion award.'REF 1209137794

Pride of Northumberland awards night at Linden Hall, Morpeth-Green Champion award.'REF 1209137794

They had a waste-free lunch, school green week, donated old clothes to charity, designed compost bins and paid to wear green clothes to school.

The money they raised from the green clothes day was invested in other environmental projects.

They also created a Green Grainger mascot which was put on posters around the community on which were links to animations which were created by children at the school about issues such as recycling and picking up litter.

Headteacher Louise Laskey said: “I would just like to say thank you very much.

“Congratulations to my whole team and especially the pupils of Grange View First School for all their hard work in inventing a QR code to scan and pick up litter in Widdrington Station. Well done guys.”

Other nominees were Glen Graham, 48, from Choppington, for his persistent work to protect native wildlife. He is secretary of the Friends of Choppington Community Woods and has worked as a ranger for the National Trust and Red Squirrels; The Old Bakehouse Millennium Green in Morpeth, which was named the best urban project in the Love Northumberland awards and has been maintained by trustees and around 40 volunteers since being created from a piece of wasteland, and Belsay First School, which won the Love Northumberland biodiversity project award after creating a meadow, planting hedgerow and buddleia to attract bees and butterflies, propagating shrubs, installing a hedgehog house and more.