Recycle for Lewisham

A blog written for residents of Lewisham


Clean and Green Awards 2015

The Clean and Green Schools programme started 14 years ago and is a campaign aimed at raising awareness in green issues and encouraging young people to look after their local environment. The programme has produced some truly wonderful work, from various schools across Lewisham.

This year, 8 schools took part in the programme and we were thrilled to see the efforts the schools went to, in order to make their school as Clean and Green as possible. When this programme is fully embraced, it can really cultivate school pride amongst teachers and pupils alike, as well as help schools create lasting relationships within their local communities.

The overall winner of the programme for 2015, winning the Distinction Gold Award and a cheque for £300 was awarded to All Saints Primary School, in Blackheath.

Pupils Isla Prosser and James Galbraith receiving their awards

Pupils Isla Prosser and James Galbraith receiving their awards

 This week, judges and organisers of the Clean and Green Schools programme visited All Saints Primary School to award them with their well-deserved prize, and to thank them for their participation and wonderful achievements that the whole school community were involved in.

The judges of the competition felt that All Saints really embraced all the categories the schools were judged on, including:

  • Pupil and community involvement
  • Communication
  • Effectiveness
  • Sustainability
  • Innovation

From regular audits, improvements to recycling facilities and clean ups, to Fairtrade cafes, cook-ups and fashion parades, All Saints involved not only the school, but the wider community.

Impressing the judges, All Saints went to great lengths to ensure that many of the activities were not one-off events but became part of the school’s sustained culture.

Isla and James with teachers Ms Pippa Williams and Miss De Souza with Kristina Binns from Lewisham Council (left)

Isla and James with teachers Ms Pippa Williams and Miss De Souza with Kristina Binns from Lewisham Council (left)

The judges were astounded to discover that All Saints researched Fairtrade clothing companies to then use this clothing as part of their school uniforms. This was very innovative and also showed a genuine desire to integrate sustainable practices into the school.

All Saints, have done an absolutely fantastic job! On behalf of Lewisham Council, we would like to thank you very much for taking part in the programme and for being such an inspiring school!

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Showcase local green projects in London photo competition

Lewisham residents are encouraged to submit photos of local projects in a competition to find London’s Picture of Sustainability. Individuals and communities across each of the London boroughs are challenged to capture images of inspiring green or charitable projects in their area.

Image: Susan Peel

Online social platform Caydoo (pronounced Kee-Doo) designed London’s Picture of Sustainability competition to encourage people to consider the meaning of sustainable living.

Submissions must be uploaded to the competition website with a short caption. A panel of experts will judge the entries on concept as well as skill. There will be two overall winners with prizes awarded to the entry with most public votes and the best shot as chosen by the judges.

The judging panel includes Magic FM DJ Neil Fox, the Guardian’s Jo Confino,’s John Elkington, Canopy & Stars’ Tom Dixon, Freegle co-founder Cat Fletcher and Head of Photography at London Metropolitan University Mick Williamson.

Competition prizes include luxury UK glamping holidays, courtesy of Sawday’s Canopy & Stars, and Lush cosmetics hampers. The overall competition winner will receive a year of exclusive sustainable getaways, showcasing beautiful UK holiday destinations in spring, summer and autumn.

Magic FM DJ Neil Fox, competition ambassador and self-confessed ‘green-leaner’, believes the photo challenge will encourage exploration of London’s many sustainable initiatives. He said:

“Photographs capture the imagination and we hope the competition will do just that for London. It’s an exciting opportunity to showcase people’s different ideas of sustainability ahead of the Olympics.

 “You don’t need to be a photographer to have a camera and an opinion. The idea is to provoke and capture people’s thoughts whatever their age, ability or lifestyle choices. It’s time to drive sustainability into the mainstream.”

The competition closes for entries on 22 July 2012. For full competition details visit