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Insect hotel opens at Morley school

PUBLISHED: 15:42 15 July 2010 | UPDATED: 15:04 02 August 2010

A construction company has joined forces with school children to undertake one of the most bizarre projects it has ever attempted - to build hotels for insects.

A construction company has joined forces with school children to undertake one of the most bizarre projects it has ever attempted - to build hotels for insects.

Pupils at Morley Church of England Primary School, in Morley St Botolph, wanted to build a cosy home in their playground where creepy crawlies could spend the dark wintry months.

Staff from builders Morgan Sindall, which has offices in Thorpe Road, Norwich, heard about the idea and offered their services to help create some five-star accommodation for our garden friends.

The one metre high hotels were constructed of wooden pallets, furnished with timber, branches, twigs, bark and dry leaves. It is hoped that by using only recycled materials the exercise has taught the children the benefits of re-using waste.

Morgan Sindall became involved in the project through lead regional safety, health and environmental advisor Dave Bickel, whose wife Gill works at the Deopham Road school.

“My wife mentioned that the pupils were going to be carrying out this project and needed some assistance to create the insect hotels,” said Mr Bickel.

“I thought it sounded like a fun way for the children to learn about the benefits of recycling. As a company, one of our key aims is to reduce waste by re-using any leftover materials wherever possible, so we offered to help.”

Headteacher Linda Cullum said: “I think they're fantastic. We're already seeing a variety of insects in there and the children enjoy going out at playtime and seeing what's inside.”

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