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Students’ green ideas win them a place in Competition Final

A group of Year 9 girls from St Leonards-Mayfield School have fought their way to the final of this year’s Building for the Future competition, a Sussex-wide competition run by estate agent Batcheller Monkhouse in association with Sussex Life and the High Weald AONB Unit.

Entrants from schools across East and West Sussex were invited to design a ‘green’ three bedroom farm cottage, constructed from locally-sourced and sustainable materials and run in a fashion which impacts as little as possible on the environment. The demanding project required the students to research and identify solutions to a whole host of issues, ranging from the location itself to heating, drainage, insulation, water supply and electricity.

Mayfield’s entry, ‘Five Oak Cottage’, designed by a team of eleven pupils, went head-to-head with 16 other schools for a place in the final, which will be held at the South of England Show, Ardingly Show Ground on Friday 8 June.

Geography tutor Jacqueline Marett, who supported the girls in their project work, commented: “These girls come from a generation for whom issues of sustainable living are desperately important. Add to that the knowledge they are absorbing in the classroom here at Mayfield, and I’m not surprised they are doing so well. I’m so proud of them.”


"These girls come from a generation for whom issues of sustainable living are desperately important. Add to that the knowledge they are absorbing in the classroom here at Mayfield, and I’m not surprised they are doing so well. I'm so proud of them."
 - Jacqueline Marett, Geography Tutor