SCHOOL pupils have opened their own garden to develop outdoor learning skills.

St Ethelwold's school in Shotton has received funding from Keep Wales Tidy to develop the outdoor area.

Ross Shepherd, acting headteacher, told the Leader he has been working alongside Keep Wales Tidy for some time and was 'delighted' to hear the news of the funding.

He said: "It will particularly be used by the eco committee to develop their outdoor learning skills. They will be growing their own fruit and veg and it gives them more opportunities across the whole school.

"The whole project was funded by Keep Wales Tidy and they worked with the children to complete a plan.

"It is to develop their skills and get them more involved in eco-friendly activities and working together as a team. The work will carry on throughout the school."

The garden was opened by school pupils and representatives from Keep Wales Tidy as well as Canon Steve Green.

Mr Shepherd added: "It was nice he came along because with us being a religious school, he plays a huge part in the children's school life.

"A big thanks must also go to Sue Bonney (Eco school co-ordinator) for all of her help."