Recycling effort brings bonus for every beaver

By Martin Neville

Sunday, April 13, 2014


Recycling effort brings bonus for every beaver

The delighted Isle of Wight Beavers.

BEAVERS in East Cowes were celebrating after every member of the colony won a coveted Blue Peter badge.

The 18 members of the youngest branch of the Scout Association won their badges as a reward for recycling milk bottle tops for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.

Blue Peter badges are given to viewers and fans of the television programme and offer free entry to more than 200 attractions across the country.

They are awarded for sending in letters and pictures about the environment, conservation or nature.

The Isle of Wight beavers, aged between five and seven, collected recyclable milk bottle tops, which they used to decorate the giant map of the IW painted on the floor of their Adelaide Grove scout hut. The bottle tops were then handed to the hospice, which recycles them for money, helping pay for patient care.

Kath Bright, retail team leader at the hospice, said: "Last year, we had nearly nine million bottle tops, which made just under three metric tonnes." The idea to apply for a Blue Peter badge came from former East Cowes beaver, Hannah Flowers, nine, who is a huge fan of the show.

Proud colony leader, Kirsty Gobby, said: "We didn’t know when, or if, we would hear if we had been successful.

"I handed my daughter, Georgie, her post and was amazed to see it was a Blue Peter badge."



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