London, 19th September 2016 – Residents of Wokingham Borough Council have donated over 149,619 Greenredeem points to Winnersh Primary School as part of the Greenredeem School donations programme.
The grant, worth £1,000, will help support the school in developing a sensory garden. The sensory garden will provide a place where children can be immersed in the sounds of nature and the scents, textures and colours of plants, herbs and flowers. Along with specially selected plants, the sensory gardens will also include wind chimes, flags, children’s art and a place to sit and enjoy the surroundings.
Since the latest phase of the School Donations scheme was launched in January 2016, Greenredeem members have been donating points to help their local schools benefit from grants of up to £2,000. Local residents have been working hard to earn points by recycling their paper, plastic bottles, cardboard and metal cans. In total, members have donated over 600k points during the 6-month period, with Rivermead Primary School & The Colleton Primary School also benefiting from cash grants.
This is the first successful grant Winnersh Primary School has been awarded from Greenredeem. The new features will allow pupils to build raised beds where the children can plant herbs to use in school. There will also be a Gardening Club, and the grant will give the children the opportunity to care for their own garden in a box.
Helen Powell, Head teacher of Winnersh Primary School, said, "We are absolutely thrilled to be awarded this grant. It’s a further step in our journey as a school and this area will make a huge difference to what we can offer our children. To be able to add more activities and resources will no doubt have a considerable impact on the school!”
Commenting on the scheme’s success, Greenredeem’s Director of Marketing & Communications, Rob Crumbie said, "It’s great to hear that teachers and pupils at Winnersh Primary are already encouraging their local community to lead a greener lifestyle.We are delighted to continue to support sustainable and educational initiatives such as this and we look fowardrevisiting the school in the future to see the new additions to the planting areas!”
Wokingham Cllr Angus Ross added: "Thanks to the generosity of residents in our Borough, our schools are being given the opportunity to promote environmental awareness. In the world we live in, it is vital for sustainability and recycling to remain at the forefront of the school curriculum, and the funding from Greenredeem is allowing this to continue. Thank you to everyone who donates their points to this excellent scheme”.
The School Donations Programme enables residents who are using the Greenredeem scheme to donate their points to local schools to help them earn grants for the development of initiatives that empower young people (3-18 years old) in the areas of environmental awareness, education and action.
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Rob Crumbie, Director of Marketing & Communications
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Greenredeem reward people for taking every day green actions. Through understanding and collaboration, our vision is to inspire communities to create a better future. Launched in the UK in 2009, Greenredeem works with local authorities and commercial partners to motivate sustainable behaviour change. Primarily, our partnerships motivate residents to recycle more, both at home and on the go.
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