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Recycled tyres could help school win Prime Minister's award

A garden product manufacturer has donated an award-winning recycled garden to a primary school in the hope of it winning a prize from the Prime Minister.

The gold winning garden at the RHS Show at Tatton Park

Dunweedin, based in Ellesmere Port, originally donated around two tonnes of colourful landscape chips made from scrap tyres to Cheshire County Council. These were used to create a recycled garden for the RHS Show at Tatton Park, and won a gold prize.

Not wanting to throw the garden committed to sustainability away, Dunweedin decided to give it to Kingsmead Primary School in Northwich, Cheshire. The dismantled garden will be transported to the school and re-built there in October.

The school is one of 15 projects short-listed for the annual Prime Minister's Better Public Building award. Its commitment to sustainability includes using solar power to provide heat, rainwater recycling facilities to flush the toilets, and environmental gardens for teaching.

Kingsmead Primary School headteacher Catriona Stewart said: "Colourful rubber chippings, made of recycled tyres, have been used to landscape the gardens. It's a great idea because rubber is a natural and everlasting material which is kind to both children and plants."

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