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Old Mother Earth helped out by Lewisham’s Clean & Green schools!

The last week in July saw another triumphant end to 2014 environmental programme for Lewisham’s schools, Clean & Green.  Each year, up to 25 schools in the borough sign up for the year long programme with the aim of increasing environmental awareness in their school through initiatives such as food growing, litter clean ups, recycling collection schemes.  The sky really is the limit as schools are awarded at the end of the academic year for the most original and ingenious ways that they have come up with to help improve the environment of the school and surrounding areas.

Schools work on the programme from October to June, concentrating on their chosen theme and at the end of the year, they submit an entry showing what they have managed to achieve.  Support is given along the way in the form of  visits and assemblies. And as recognition of their hard work an award ceremony takes place in the Civic Suite, Catford, attended by representatives from the school and Lewisham’s local dignitaries in late July.

This years awards were presented by Cllr Rachel Onikosi – Cabinet Member for Public Realm and Nigel Tyrell – Head of Environment at Lewisham.  The afternoon included a lunch for the children and teachers and an environmental performance called ‘Old Mother Earth’.

Actors Nichola and Barney from Caboodle Arts performing 'Old Mother Earth'

Actors Nichola and Barney from Caboodle Arts performing ‘Old Mother Earth’

This years programme saw more excellent work from all the schools who took part, but particularly, the schools who managed to achieve awards who were – Coopers Lane, Haseltine, Holbeach, Watergate, St Augustines, Edmund Waller & Good Shepherd Primary Schools.  St Winifreds Catholic and Stillness Infant Schools also managed to secure Gold awards.

All Saints Primary School was presented with the overall runner up award for their efforts to encourage the whole school and local neighbourhood to use more sustainable forms of transport.  However, the overall winner of this years programme was Horniman Primary School who won the Clean & Green Distinction Award and a cheque for £300 for their pedal powered radio station which children, parents and teachers built in their school playground!

Cleanest and Greenest!  Cllr Rachel Onikosi presents Horniman students Keir Holmes,  Marnie Paul, Jacob Waters with award and cheque for the school.

Cleanest and Greenest! Cllr Rachel Onikosi presents Horniman students Keir Holmes, Marnie Paul, Jacob Waters with award and cheque for the school.

If you are a child, teacher or parent at a Lewisham school and would like more information on taking part in next years programme, please email David.brinson@lewisham.gov.uk or visit http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/getinvolved/environment/Pages/Clean-and-Green-Schools.aspx http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/getinvolved/environment/Pages/Clean-and-Green-Schools.aspx for more information.


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Lewisham school’s environmental efforts celebrated at Clean Green awards 2013

Schools from across the borough gathered at the Civic Suite, Catford this week to mark the end of the 12th annual Clean & Green schools programme.  Thirty Lewisham schools took part in the year long programme whose aim is to support and encourage teachers and children to explore topics which impact the environment for example, transport, bio-diversity, waste and recycling.

In previous years, Clean & Green schools have set up initiatives which have been sustained in subsequent school years. Previous winners have set up food growing areas, worked with local businesses to collect and recycle tin cans and started a walking bus for children to get to school.

This years ceremony was a fun event, starting with lunch and then award  presentions by Cllr Susan Wise, Cabinet Member for Customer Services.  Entertainment for the afternoon was provided by Ade from Bigfoot Arts (pictured below) who did a one man show about the effects of global warming. Extra help was provided by children in the audience and included Luna (also below) from St Savious RC Primary School who rose to the challenge for some impromptu acting, making it an extra special performance.

Luna from St Saviours RC Primary School rose to the challenge to act up with Ade from Bigfoot Arts theatre company

Luna from St Saviours RC Primary School rose to the challenge to act up with Ade from Bigfoot Arts theatre company

This year has seen more great work from the schools who participated.  Some of the achievements highlighted at the award ceremony included Haseltine School whose children, inspired by a trip to Brogdale Orchard in Kent, set about creating their own orchard using the fruit to make jams for their school breakfast club.  Another school- Horniman Primary grew vegetables in their growing area and made up veg boxes to sell to the wider community.  Both of these schools won gold awards for their effort.

Cllr Wise, who has shown continued support for the programme and judged many of this years entries, commented on the high standard of entries submitted again this year.  Holbeach School received the runners up award with judges congratulating the amount of work they did to encourage recycling in the whole school.

Maisee, William and Kennedy from this years winning school, Coopers Lane pictured with Cllr Susan Wise.

Maisee, William and Kennedy from this years winning school, Coopers Lane pictured with Cllr Susan Wise.

The winners were Coopers Lane School (pictured above) whose work throughout the year culminated in an environmental open evening attended by the school and local community. They displayed the work they had done over the Clean & Green year. The judges were very impressed with the amount of effort made by the whole school and the degree to which the wider  community were involved.

If you are a teacher of parent at a Lewisham school and would like more information on taking part in next years programme, please email Kate.parkinson@lewisham.gov.uk http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/getinvolved/environment/Pages/Clean-and-Green-Schools.aspx


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Recycle Week 2013 – Re-imagining ladies tights

As well as going out to speak to residents about about recycling and composting during National Recycle Week 2013, Lewisham Council also worked in conjunction with an arts organisation called Platform 7 who came to Catford and had some interesting methods of catching the attention of those in the area.

Recycle week 2013 tights.jpg

With additional support from Arts Council England, ‘Re-imagining Ladies Tights’ raised awareness of textile recycling by exploring the politics of tights and stockings.  This opportunity allows Akleriah, with support from Platform-7, to explore the image, gender politics, social and material value of women’s tights.

Full details on all the activities from the week long event can be found on the following link http://re-imaginingtights.tumblr.com/


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Get involved in tidying up your local area

Following last weeks post promoting the Capital Clean campaign we now have confirmed dates and locations:

Friday 10th June 2011
Next to 45 Sevenoaks road, SE1 1RF  10 am – 2pm

Saturday 11th June 2011
Castillon rd SE6 1QA, Winlaton rd BR1 5PY, Ivorydown, Moorside rd BR1 5EP 11 – 3pm

Friday 17th June 2011
Station road, Lewisham (quaggy river) 10 – 2pm

Friday 24th June 2011
alleyway behind the Brockley road shops off St.Margets road, Brockley SE4  from 10.30am – 12 noon

Saturday 25th June 2011
Dacres road footpath, SE23 2NR  10 – 12 noon

Thursday 30th June 2011
Catford Road cycle path Adjacent to Wickes stores , SE610 – 12 noon

Thursday 7th July 2011
Elmira street/ Silver road, SE13 7BB  (Lewisham) 10am – 12 noon

Tuesday 12th July 2011
London Road footpath opposite Sainsbury, Forest Hill, SE23 3HF 10 am – 2 pm

Wednesday 20th July
Willow way, Forest Hill, SE26 4QP  10 – 12 noon

If you want to get involved you can contact Colin Sandiford on 02083142128 or colin.sandiford@lewisham.gov.uk

Projects will involve clearing pathways, sweeping, removing overgrown vegetation, flytipping, graffiti, flyposting and litter picking. There will be Council Officers and members of the local community there, all tools and health & safety materials will be provided, we look forward to seeing you there!


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Supermarkets can now take plastic film for recycling

One question we often get asked is about recycling carrier bags and film, at the moment in Lewisham we can’t currently accept this type of plastic in our kerbside collection.

However there is now another option – Supermarket stores which collect plastic bags for recycling will now accept clean plastic film packaging (such as bread bags and cereal liners) in the same facilities, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) announced on April 7.

Carrier bag banks can be found at more than 4,500 supermarkets. A new version of the on-pack label (See picture on the right) will appear on relevant packaging to encourage customers to dispose of it in this way.

The thin plastic, also used around multipacks of cans and household goods such as toilet roll, makes up 43% of all plastic household packaging and weighs a total of 645,000 tonnes every year. By comparison, plastic bottles account for 32%, or 480,000 tonnes. Thin plastic film is fully recyclable but until now most people have had no means of recycling it.

We’ve done a quick bit of research in Lewisham and the supermarkets which have facilities for you to dispose of plastic bags …and now plastic film are:

  • Tesco, Lewisham
  • Sainsburys, Lewisham Shopping Centre
  • Sainsburys, New Cross
  • Tesco, Catford
  • Co-op, Downham
  • Sainsburys, Forest Hill
  • Sainsburys, Sydenham SavaCentre
  • Sainsburys, Lee Green

You can find all of the locations on our recycling map – look for the yellow carrier bags.

The recycling points are all located in the stores as opposed to outside (with the textile banks etc) and are usually behind the check-out. There is a picture of a couple of typical ones below – if in doubt ask a member of staff.