Waltham school pupil Alfie gets top marks for his innovative strawberry growing system

Year Five student Alfie Pilkington with his award winning Strawberry grower.
Year Five student Alfie Pilkington with his award winning Strawberry grower.
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A year five pupil from Waltham Primary School has won the Young Innovators Challenge in his category at Loughborough College.

Alfie Pilkington (10) won the hotly contested competition in the eco technology category with his strawberry growing irrigation system.

The competition is organised by Loughborough based global technology company 3M.

It aims to encourage students to think about the impact of daily living on the environment and how recyclable materials can support a more sustainable future.

Students were tasked with designing and constructing an article made entirely from recyclable materials for external use.

It could either be a wildlife habitat or a garden product which satisfies a particular need such as an alternative energy source, irrigation system, seating device or interactive garden toy.

Headteacher Julie Hopkins said: “I’m extremely proud of Alfie.

“It was a joy to see him win and a real honour to join him at this prestigeous event. Special thanks to his class teacher Mrs Francks and his parents, who have supported him all the way and to all his class mates who have inundated him with text messages following his success.

“I’m looking forward to tasting the first strawberry any day soon.”

Alfie received a £50 Amazon gift voucher and Mrs Hopkins received £1,000 on behalf of the school. The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education, presented the awards.