Manchester primary schools urged to take part in airport eco-garden competition

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The UK’s Manchester Airport is encouraging more local primary schools to submit applications for a one-off £25,000 (US$28,000) fund to mark the airport Community Trust Fund’s 25th  anniversary.

One local primary school will receive the top prize for a new eco-friendly garden or outdoor learning area, while a runner-up and third-placed school will receive £10,000 (US$11,000) and £5,000 (US$5,600) respectively.

Primary schools within a 10-mile catchment area around the airport are being invited to submit a proposal outlining how they would spend the funds, with a deadline for entries of October 28, 2022.

Six finalist schools will be selected, with pupils asked to prepare a pitch to the trustees to decide the winners. The pitches will be delivered at a grand final event under the wings of the Concorde at the airport’s Runway Visitor Park.

Chris Woodroofe, managing director at Manchester Airport, said, “This competition provides a unique opportunity for primary schools in our area to develop an area of their campus that is in need of renovation. Outdoor learning is an important part of primary education, and this funding will support projects that will provide a real legacy for pupils. That is why I would encourage schools to get their applications in before the deadline.

“We are proud of the work that the Community Trust Fund has done over the past 25 years, and that work will continue. We are committed to ensuring that our neighboring communities share in the benefits of having a major international airport on their doorstep.”

For more details on the Community Trust Fund or the25th Anniversary eco-garden competition, please click here: www.manchesterairport.co.uk/community/working-in-our-community/eco-garden

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