Waterbutts add more ‘green’ to school’s garden

Carnmoney Primary School's P6 councillors - Danielle, Zara, Jason, Erin, Ryan and Dean - with Mrs Bannon and Clare Lewsley from NI Water. INNT 16-506CON
Carnmoney Primary School's P6 councillors - Danielle, Zara, Jason, Erin, Ryan and Dean - with Mrs Bannon and Clare Lewsley from NI Water. INNT 16-506CON

STAFF and pupils at Carnmoney Primary School recently received two waterbutts from NI Water to place in their new school garden.

The school, which entered NI Water’s water saving competition last year, has used its waterbutts to provide the water needed in its newly refurbished garden.

Clare Lewsley from NI Water, who ran the competition, commented: “Conserving water isn’t just a summer task, we need to be actively doing it all year round. Carnmoney Primary School is a good example of how waterbutts can be used effectively. They are attached to drain pipes in the garden and will be used to water all the various plants within the garden; from pear trees to the ‘ye old Irish stew’ patch where the pupils are growing potatoes.

“We want to encourage all our customers to be waterwise, so check out our water efficiency advice webpages and adopt some of the simple tips such as using water from your waterbutt to water plants, using watering cans around the garden instead of hosepipes and sprinklers, and not leaving taps running longer than necessary.”

Mrs Bannon, teacher and green champion at the school added: “All the teachers and pupils of Carnmoney Primary are delighted with our new waterbutts. They are so useful in our new garden, which is called Hawthorne Corner, and will provide valuable water to help it grow. The school council chose that name after a pupil who passed away.

“As an Eco School we value the need to conserve water as it teaches the children from an early age that it’s important to be water efficient. We are grateful to NI Water for these butts as they help us to get a step closer to achieving a Green Flag status. We also plan to use hippo bags in our school toilets to further save water.”

The school’s new garden contains a variety of exciting educational features including a fruit and veg patch, a tree trail and a ‘bug hotel’.