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Youngsters Set For A Greener Future In New Environment Initiative

An overgrown grassy area at a local primary school is set for a 'garden makeover' as part of an eco-initiative launched by partners of North Lincolnshire Homes.NLH contractors Mears Group visited Henderson Avenue Primary School in Scunthorpe to pilot a new and exciting green scheme to educate children about conserving the environment.As part of the special day, they treated youngsters to an eco talk, with saving energy in homes top of the agenda.Around 300 plus pupils from the school were also invited to take part in a quiz, with the top prize being a garden makeover. An area around the school has become overgrown and the aim is to turn it into a Community Garden, which can be used by local people to grow fruit and veg.David Lloyd, Senior Contracts Manager, from Mears Group, which is one of the main NLH contractors working across North Lincolnshire to carrying out multi-million pound improvements to NLH properties, said: "Our aim is to raise awareness of the ever increasing importance of environmental issues with children, while giving something back to the community. This project is very exciting in that it can bring together different generations of people, as well as show the positive outcomes of partnership work - and make neighbourhoods a greener place to live."And Resident Involvement Manager Karen Cowan of NLH, said: "This is a really positive initiative from Mears. It is important that children learn from a young age about the benefits of saving energy - particularly in their homes. It not only helps the environment, but also saves money."The fact that a school will benefit is just excellent. It will provide a green legacy for the future."Tenants from the social landlord also attended for the day which was filmed for a DVD which will be used for environmental presentations across North Lincolnshire. The school was also handed an environmental bin and promotional material was handed out to the children.Henderson Avenue Primary School is situated in the centre of group of NLH neighbourhoods -many of the children who attend are tenants of the housing association.As part of the future development of the community garden, youngsters will be asked to take part in a colouring competition to design the wildlife garden and also a gardening club. An NLH plaque will also be placed at the new garden.NOTE TO NEWSDESKS:For further information contact Andy Bond, Senior Communications Officer, North Lincolnshire Homes, tel (01724) 298635.Andy Bond, Senior Communications Officer, North Lincolnshire Homes.


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