By Denna Bowman
Pupils at an eco-friendly school will soon be enjoying lessons in a classroom made out of old tyres!
Youngsters from Bute Cottage Nursery in Penarth have been learning all about sustainability thanks to a project to build the recycled classroom.
The new structure is made from a range of materials including second-hand tyres, straw and wood from an old supermarket.
Pupils are set for their first lessons in the eco-friendly teaching facility, following a two-year fundraising campaign to raise £10,000, according to the Penarth Times.
Deputy head Hilary Hanmer said: “All 250 pupils have been involved, as well as staff, governors and the local community.
“Parents, some of whom are architects and civil engineers, have also offered their support and experience.
“Most of the materials were free but we needed money to pay for a carpenter and for some building work.
“We’re used to teaching one set of pupils outside, which gets pretty cold during the winter, so the new classroom certainly gives us more space!”
Bute Cottage Nursery has previously been awarded two International Green Flags in recognition of the school’s awareness of environmental issues, and Mrs Hanmer believes the new classroom is further evidence of their commitment to sustainability.
She added: “The classroom is invaluable and continues our mission to become a truly eco friendly school.”
Jane Hutt, Welsh Assembly Minister for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning, and Skills, will officially open the classroom on Friday, May 22.