September 18, 2008
Pupils Do Their Bit for Woods
By LAURA DALE
Pupils across Teignbridge are encouraging residents to hand over their old Yellow Pages directory for recycling.
The youngsters are participating in the Yellow Woods Challenge, a simple, educational and fun environmental campaign run by Yellow Pages, working with the Woodland Trust and Teignbridge District Council.
Over the next five weeks, 18 schools will be collecting old directories to help them win the local recycling competition. Schools that collect the highest number of old directories per pupil will be awarded a share of pounds700 cash prizes in the recycling competition.
For every pound Yellow Pages awards to schools for recycling old directories, they will give a matching pound to the Woodland Trust. The money will be used to support the charity's Trees for All campaign, the most ambitious children's tree-planting project ever launched in the UK, which aims to plant 12million trees by 2009.
Janice Hix, corporate partnerships manager at the Woodland Trust, said: "What's great about the challenge is children experience first-hand how they can help the environment. Getting children excited about trees, together with the animals and creepy- crawlies that woodland supports, is so important if we are to ensure our green spaces are protected now so that everyone can enjoy them in the future."
Free resources are given to every participating school. Kirk, the campaign mascot, helps educate pupils about the importance of recycling, woodland conservation and caring for the environment.
Cllr Gordon Hook, Teignbridge spokesman for environmental services, said: "The results from last year's challenge demonstrate that schools in Teignbridge are very keen recyclers."
The Yellow Woods Challenge closes locally on October 9. For more information visit www.yellow-woods.co.uk, or for more information about the Woodland Trust and climate change, visit www.woodland- trust.org.uk
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