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Environment - City school goes green

An inner-city school surrounded by houses and bordered by busy roads has won an award for its work to improve the biodiversity of its grounds.

Craigie High in Dundee won the biodiversity and environment award at Dundee City Council's recent Focus on Achievement awards.

The work on the school grounds has been ongoing since 2006 and is now in the fifth year of development.

A large area has been designated an outdoor classroom complete with four heavy-duty wooden tables and benches. Pupils studying biology have improved the biodiversity of the area and take responsibility for any maintenance required.

Every year a large crop of potatoes is grown and given to two nearby sheltered housing complexes and greenhouse-grown tomatoes, potatoes and runner beans are used in home economics.

More than 50 daffodil and tulip varieties and native British and European plants such as cornflower, foxglove, cowslips, cyclamen and delphinium have been planted in the borders; 150 crocus corms in blue, yellow and white have been planted in the grass areas; herbs including rosemary, thyme, sage and parsley have been grown; and young fruit trees have been planted - two apple varieties and one plum - alongside blackcurrant and gooseberry bushes.

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