Sussex

South Malling school benefits from Eggheads quiz win

Every pupil at an East Sussex primary school has been planting trees to create a wildlife hedge made possible by the winnings from a BBC quiz show.

A team from Sussex Wildlife Trust won £37,000 on the Eggheads programme and donated £10,000 to South Malling Primary School.

All 240 pupils at the school have taken part in the project to transform the school's outdoor areas.

The improved grounds will also enhance outdoor learning at the school.

'Close to nature'

Winning team captain Nigel Flynn, of Sussex Wildlife Trust, said that they decided as a team how to spend their winnings.

He said: "We thought as part of our Living Landscapes Project - getting good wildlife across the whole of the county - we wanted to help a school improve their school grounds so that there could be a really nice wildlife corridor through an area of a town.

"Also, so that the children themselves could get close to nature in their own grounds."

The school has already benefited from a new wildlife pond and an orchard planted with Sussex apple varieties. Future plans include a butterfly garden and beds for growing fruit and vegetables.

Head teacher Jo O'Donaghue said: "We have thoroughly enjoyed the project.

"One of the main things that's really transformed us is that outdoor learning is very central to our whole curriculum and our teachers have got very excited about teaching outside and using our outdoor areas for all our learning."

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