GREEN-MINDED pupils from Wade Deacon High School's G-Force Team are celebrating the completion of a dramatic make-over of their school grounds.
The children's hard work has helped to make their dream school environment a reality.
The £3,000 work at the Birchfield Road school, as well as similar improvements at Ditton CE VC Primary School, forms part of the School Grounds Development Programme, co-ordinated by environmental organisation Mersey Forest.
The programme is funded through the Cheshire Wildlife Trust by Runcorn-based chemical manufacturer Ineos Chlor, using the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme.
Jo Sayers, Mersey Forest's community development officer said: 'Wade Deacon's after-school G-Force Team club has been developing an area of their school grounds over the last two years. Environmental charity BTCV has been working with the team to create a range of habitats from a wildlife garden to a new pond.'
At Ditton CE, the improvements have included upgraded footpaths as part of managing the school's mini-woodland, wildflower sowing, structure planting to create shade around the school grounds and landscaping at the front of the school.
It is hoped the two schools will tap into a range of benefits from the improvements, as the work has seen the Mersey Forest follow a well-tested holistic approach to school grounds development. The approach considers the social and environmental rewards that can be gained through grounds improvements.
Jan Gormley, assistant headteacher at Wade Deacon, said: 'The pupils at our school are keen volunteers. Perhaps they will become the environmental managers of the future.'