A PRIMARY school’s winning design to create a nature corridor is to be turned into reality.

Grewelthorpe CE Primary School in Ripon is the winner of the Canal and River Trust’s Corridor for Nature competition.

Schools were invited to design a wildlife area for their schools grounds inspired by the types of habitats found by canals.

With the help of funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery, the design will now be created.

The Canal and River Trust’s in-house landscape architect team are currently working with the primary to create a blueprint for a garden landscaping company to create. It is anticipated the new, £10,000 garden will be open by the end of the year.

Key features include a wildflower meadow to attract pollinators such as bees, fruit trees and hedgerows for birds and small mammals and an area of fallow land to provide natural shelter for animals such as hedgehogs.

Andrew Breckon, Year 5 & 6 teacher from Grewelthorpe Primary School said: “We’re thrilled to have won this competition.

“It was a real team effort with everyone from pupils to parents involved.

"With the help of the Canal & River Trust and People’s Postcode Lottery we have been able to secure a wonderful resource, an ‘outdoor classroom’ on our doorstep that will be really useful to help share our conservation message in school.”