‘Milk tree’ takes pride of place inside school

WHO DAIRIES WINS Chris Hadley with some of his pupils - from left, Mia Amos, Isaac Skingley, Georgina Scannell, Evan Goldstone, Blake Latta and Lauren Bennett, all 10, next to the sculpture. Picture: Sarah Standing (131814-607)

WHO DAIRIES WINS Chris Hadley with some of his pupils - from left, Mia Amos, Isaac Skingley, Georgina Scannell, Evan Goldstone, Blake Latta and Lauren Bennett, all 10, next to the sculpture. Picture: Sarah Standing (131814-607)

Headteacher Howard Payne with (left) Lenny Horrell, 10, Ryan Hooper, seven, and the signed ball.   Picture: Sarah Standing (170829-4028)

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YOU could be forgiven for thinking this tree is full of beautiful white birds.

But in actual fact, it’s a sculpture made using recycled milk bottles.

Children at Wicor Primary School in Portchester made the sculpture which is in support of the National Garden Scheme (NGS).

The scheme sees members of the public visiting different gardens in places across the country.

Year 5 teacher Chris Hadley helped create the tree with his pupils.

He said: ‘We’re the first state school to be involved in the scheme. The sculpture comes from that.

‘It was quite an abstract idea at first but after a while we realised we could make it look like a tree.

‘The children are really pleased with what they have been part of.

‘They are so impressed. They like the fact that it’s big and eye-catching.

‘It’s really quite bizarre how they look like birds.’

Year 5 pupils had been studying flight, so making the birds all fitted into the theme.

They made it using old tree trunks which had already been chopped down.

Two tree trunks were put into concrete in the school grounds.

They then all worked to attach the milk bottles which were helpfuly brought in by parents at the school.

Mr Hadley added: ‘The pride in the gardens is something that’s been really highlighted though this whole NGS process.

‘If the school grounds are cared for it gives the message that the children are cared for.

‘That message runs through everything we do at Wicor.

‘This has been an opportunity to do something creative.’

‘They are so inspired. I have done lots of sculpture work before.

‘I have brought some ideas I have done at other places. They are pleased to do something on a bigger scale.’

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