A growing challenge for schools in North

A new project aimed at helping school children develop gardening and horticultural projects in or near their schools has been launched in the North-East.

A new project aimed at helping school children develop gardening and horticultural projects in or near their schools has been launched in the North-East.

With funding from construction firm Esh and its charitable trust, 20 schools have each received £1,000 to be used during the summer to set up and develop their projects that will compete for prizes totaling £5,000. The schools were invited to send in ideas for a project which would lead to the improvement of an outdoor area near to or connected with their school.

County Durham schools taking part include: Consett Community Sports College, Consett; Durham Community Business College, Ushaw Moor; Easington Community School, Peterlee; Fyndoune Community College, Sacriston; Moorside Community Technology College, Consett; St Bede's RC Comprehensive, Lanchester; The Meadows School, Spennymoor; Tudhoe Grange Comprehensive, Spennymoor and Woodham Community Technology College, Newton Aycliffe.

Schools taking part in Northumberland are: Corbridge Middle School, Corbridge; Guide Post Middle School, Choppington; St Benedict's RC Voluntary Aided Middle School, Ashington and Wensleydale Middle School Blyth

On Tyneside Wearside and South Tyneside, competitors include the Margaret Sutton School, South Shields; Ryton Comprehensive School, Gateshead; Sandhill View School, Sunderland; Seaton Burn Community College, Newcastle and Walker Technology College, Newcastle.

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