Adopt-a-Bottle a hit 17,000 times over

By Martin Neville

Monday, November 19, 2012

 

MORE than 17,000 Bestival Adopt-a-Bottle water bottles have been distributed to Isle of Wight schools.

It is now a regular sight to see youngsters walking to school carrying the characteristic colourful Bestival bottles.

The distribution of the bottles has been backed up by Footprint Trust water workshops in schools and have been presented to more than 4,000 pupils.

The trust’s Ray Harrington-Vail said: "Water issues are very topical due to extreme weather and droughts over the past few years.

"Thanks to funding from Bestival, we have been able to educate a generation about the importance of water conservation for humans and wildlife."

Thanks to the project, the majority of Island primary schools have joined the international eco-schools programme and six schools have now been awarded the green flag.

Newport CE Primary School has once again achieved the award.

Pupils Edward Clark, Jude Williams, Bailey Woodford and Cara Lock talked to Mr Harrington-Vail and showed him around the school during a two hour inspection.

Jude said: "The eco-inspector was very impressed with the bushes and nature areas around our school grounds.

"He told us the hedges encouraged more wildlife than fencing."

The school recently held an eco-day, with the children dressing up as animals or wearing green and blue clothes for a 50p donation.

The day raised £135.83, which will be used to adopt a snow leopard through the WWF’s Adopt an Animal scheme.

Year 2 teacher and eco co-ordinator Gemma Packer said: "With our donations, WWF can train and equip anti-poaching patrols while working with communities to monitor snow leopard movement and reduce harm from humans."

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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