Students at Holbrook School pick up plastic waste from local forests

Eco-committee of the Royal Hospital School. PHOTO: Royal Hospital School

Submitted by Royal Hospital School

Green-fingered pupils from the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook, Suffolk, collected three heavy bags full of plastic waste from Butley Low Corner Forest.

The Royal Hospital School Eco-Committee worked with the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) task force to organize the collection of plastic collars that have fallen from growing trees.

Hundreds of thousands of these tree guards are used each year, with most being made from single-use plastic.

If left, the tree protectors will slowly break down and degrade into micro-pieces of plastic, causing local pockets of pollution or ending up in waterways, eventually being washed out to sea.

Pupils aged 11 to 15, who are part of the HRH Eco-Committee, joined AONB ‘Free the Trees’ volunteers and packed three heavy-duty bags filled with plastic collars.

The project was coordinated by chemistry teacher Dr Ryan, who said: “At the Royal Hospital School we are always looking for projects where our students can get involved and give back to the local community. Suffolk is a wonderful place to live, work and play, so we must protect it at all costs.”

The student, Polly Fitch, said: ‘Although it was hard work, everyone involved really enjoyed the experience. The plastic collar bags were collected by the owner that day and will be recycled for future use.

“It’s a great feeling to know we’ve done something to help protect the local environment.”

Neil Lister, Campaign Projects Manager at the AONB, added: “It has been an absolute pleasure to work with such a motivated, polite and cheerful group.

“Everyone has the opportunity to work to improve the AONB and the environment and the students have seized this opportunity, as well as the tree guards, with both hands.

“Thank you RHS. We hope you will come back.”


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