Farm “classroom” proves popular


Merseyside children are deserting their classrooms for the great outdoors after a popular city farm landed an £18,600 grant to promote environmental awareness.

The initiative highlights the benefits of recycling and is just one of a string of activities taking place as part of an Environmental Education project launched at the 108-acre Larkin’s Farm in Croxteth.

The farm launched the project after winning £18,600 from Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority’s (MRWA) Community Fund to create an environmental education site with wetlands walkway, footpaths, signage and bird boxes using recycled materials. 

MRWA chairperson Councillor Graham Morgan said: “The farm has made fantastic use of the funding – not just by using recycled materials to transform part of the site but, in doing so, to create a specific attraction so school children can witness the benefits of recycling and environmental awareness first hand.”

Larkin’s Farm produces staple crops for distribution to the community and also houses an existing domestic wood recycling project, houses NSC’s Environmental Maintenance team, along with a therapeutic work (care) programme for individuals with learning difficulties, a schools mini-farms project involving 6 local primary schools, renewable energy/heat generation and wildlife habitat creation and management.

Phil Knibb of Larkin’s Farm said: “The funding has made a big difference by enabling us to invite even more school pupils down to the farm to be part of the outdoor classroom experience, and create a wetland area within the site as a new attraction.”

MRWA awarded fundingWetlands and kids 4 from its £180,000 Community Fund to more than a dozen Merseyside and Halton community projects that are working to cut food waste, and recycle or reuse everything from textiles to furniture. Maximum grants available were up to £20,000.

Pictured: Children from Barlows Primary School, Fazakerley, pond dipping at the new wetland area funded by MRWA.

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