Pupils dig deep to create borehole

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Children at an Erewash school have been digging deep to create a freshwater borehole in their school field.

Last year, the whole school community at English Martyrs’ Catholic Voluntary Academy raised more than £12,000 to pay for a freshwater borehole, pump and water tanks for a new school in Ghana.

This year, to mark this achievement, they helped to dig a four-metre borehole in the school field which will provide them with naturally occurring groundwater. This will be used to tend to plants, maintain birdbaths and provide drinking water for wildlife.

The children have spent the past six weeks learning all about the environment, rainfall and water shortages, both in Ghana and here in the East Midlands.

Local companies, Ivy House Environmental and Van Elle Drilling, are helping them realise their eco-ambitions by drilling the borehole.

The Long Eaton school’s borehole will be topped off with a hand-water pump and a mosaic made out of recycled bottle tops.

Kate Mann, headteacher at English Martyrs’ CVA, said: “Our children were very excited to see the borehole being drilled as part of this exciting project that links in with work that they have been doing in the classroom.”

In order to raise the money for Ghana, pupils completed various activities including a sponsored litter pick, collecting change, a book sale, a film afternoon and a sponsored readathon.