School children from Whiteley Primary School have created their own eco-friendly homes out of recycled rubbish.

Staff at the school were approached by David Wilson Homes to see if its pupils would like to take on an environmentally friendly ‘building’ project.

With the school having its very own Green Team already in place, it jumped at the chance.

The group of children, aged 9-11, worked through their lunchtimes and came up with some awe-inspiring cardboard designs, many of which included sustainable features.

The youngsters suggested solar panels, wind turbines, electric charging points, allotments, and even grass roofs.

Headteacher of Whiteley Primary School, Lesley Pennington, said: “It has been great to involve the green team in a project which gave them a purposeful opportunity to talk about sustainability to adults involved in the building industry.

“All the pupils really enjoyed it.”

David Wilson Homes said it is building sustainable properties at its Forest Walk development in Whiteley and is keen to work with the next generation of house buyers.

Alistair Campbell from the developer visited the school to see the creations.

He spoke to the children about each of their designs and discussed how the developer's energy-efficient properties are built and the sustainable technologies which are included as standard.

Mr Campbell said: “It’s extremely important that we work in tandem with the communities where we are building new homes, and it’s been great to work with Whiteley Primary on this special project.

“At David Wilson, sustainability is a top priority, and we’re committed to ensuring all our new house types are zero carbon in use from 2030.

“It’s been fantastic to hear from the next generation of homebuyers about what they’d like to have in their homes.

“All the kids have done an amazing job, and every single one of them put some great thought into their designs.”

Eager to show its support for the local school, David Wilson also donated a sum of £500 to Whiteley Primary to put towards its own sustainability initiatives, and Mrs Pennington said the school was “extremely grateful”.