‘Incredible’ recognition

Pupils from Central First School, Ashington, with Andrea Malcolm from Bernicia and David Dixon from Gentoo Construction, celebrating winning an Ivor Goodsite award for their Incredible Edible Living Wall.
Pupils from Central First School, Ashington, with Andrea Malcolm from Bernicia and David Dixon from Gentoo Construction, celebrating winning an Ivor Goodsite award for their Incredible Edible Living Wall.

Green-fingered pupils have served up awards success with their Incredible Edible living wall.

Youngsters from Ashington’s Central First School teamed up with Gentoo Construction and Bernicia to create the feature at the former Ashington Hospital site, recycling materials to make bird feeders and bottle gardens, while planting old pallets with herbs, lettuce and strawberry seeds.

A mural has also been designed.

Gentoo is building sheltered living apartments, bungalows and communal facilities for Bernicia on the site, and the ‘wall’ idea came from workshops between staff and pupils to engage them in the built environment.

Now the project has claimed an Ivor Goodsite hoardings award from the Considerate Constructors’ Scheme (CCS).

CCS chief executive Edward Hardy said: “The Incredible Edible living wall is one of the most create and environmentally-focused Ivor Goodsite hoarding competition entries we have ever seen.”