GLASS and steel frames are the natural choice of materials to build a greenhouse – but not for a group of environmentally-conscientious Portsmouth youngsters.
Pupils at Lyndhurst Juniors had good reason to be filled with pride at the unveiling of a unique 8ft by 6ft structure at Tuppenny Barn in Southbourne.
The greenhouse at the organic horticulture smallholding is made out of no fewer than 1,500 two-litre bottles collected by the North End schoolchildren.
Hannah Reid, nine, said: ‘It’s amazing to see a greenhouse made of plastic bottles most people would throw away.
‘I’m really proud that I collected bottles and have helped make something recycled.’
Bethany Harckham-Edwards, eight, added: ‘I’m really impressed. It’s such a good greenhouse because it is organic and we’ve helped reduce waste.
‘Recycling is very important because if you don’t recycle it is bad for the environment. We bought vegetables to put in the greenhouse.
‘I’m planning to visit often to see how they come on.’
The school has been visiting Tuppenny Barn for the last two years, where they have learnt about growing vegetables and sustainable farming practices.
Maggie Haynes, project co-ordinator at the barn who built the greenhouse with the help of volunteers, said: ‘We couldn’t have done this without the children – they even helped make some of the walls.
‘Now children who visit us will see just how exciting recycling can be.’