Pupils go green for eco-contest

West Heslerton School pupils Lily May, back left, Alfreda Powsland, Lucy Bloomfield, Rowan Lyall, front, Alex Lyall, front left, and Finlay May, who have been working on an environmental project, and have come up with eco-bedding for pets. Picture by Andrew Higgins 120970a
West Heslerton School pupils Lily May, back left, Alfreda Powsland, Lucy Bloomfield, Rowan Lyall, front, Alex Lyall, front left, and Finlay May, who have been working on an environmental project, and have come up with eco-bedding for pets. Picture by Andrew Higgins 120970a

YOUNGSTERS from West Heslerton Primary School did their bit for the environment during a green challenge.

The children were tasked with creating an eco-friendly product which used recycled goods and was made using no power.

The thrifty pupils put together animal bedding from shredded paper and even made carrier bags from newspaper to transport their creations.

Headteacher Rachel Wells said the youngsters had fully engaged in the competition and was delighted with their efforts.

She said: “They needed a carbon neutral footprint and it was really challenging for them to come up with something.

“They used paper that has been used on both sides and shredded it but they even used two types of shredding to make the paper suitable for bigger and smaller pets, such as rabbits and guinea pigs.

“As the contest does not allow any additional advertising resources, the children put something in the local church magazine, which is free, and they have already make a £15 profit.

“They had a budget of £50 but they have not needed any of that because they have recycled everything.

“The competition has allowed them to use their research skills to find out more about the topic and also their design expertise.

“They even studied which glue would be better to use based on how environmentally friendly the two types were.”

The children have gone forward to the final of the contest, where, if they are successful, they will scoop a £100 prize.