Three schools in Bolton are celebrating their success in the national Yellow Woods Challenge.
The challenge – run by Yellow Pages, in partnership with the Woodland Trust and Bolton Council – involved primary schools recycling as many old Yellow Pages directories as possible.
Overall, the challenge resulted in a total of 3575 old directories being recycled via the council’s kerbside scheme, but the winners were St John the Evangelist RC Primary School.
The school won the Gold Oak award for recycling 3.04 directories per pupil, and receives £300.
Winners of the Silver Birch award and £200 were Blackrod Primary School, while St Teresa’s RC Primary School carried off the £100 and the Bronze Beech award.
St Joseph’s RC Primary School scooped the £100 bonus prize for outstanding achievement.
All the prizes were handed out at a presentation ceremony at the winning school this Tuesday (7/7).
For every pound given to schools across the country, Yellow Pages has donated a matching pound to the Woodland Trust – the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity.
The top six schools in Bolton have also won a year’s free membership to the Woodland Trust’s Nature Detectives Club. Members receive regular educational materials to help make learning about nature fun.
Bolton’s schools must now wait until November to find out how they compared with other schools taking part in the Yellow Woods Challenge in the UK. The national champions will receive a further £1,000 from Yellow Pages.
Councillor Sufrana Bashir Ismail, Executive Member for Cleaner, Greener, Safer at Bolton Council, said: “I’d like to congratulate all the winning schools and thank everyone who made a contribution to the environment by recycling their old Yellow Pages directory.
“Small changes like recycling old directories can add up to make a difference to our environment, and it is crucial that young people realise the importance of doing their bit”
Sue East, corporate fundraiser at the Woodland Trust said: “The money from the Yellow Woods Challenge supports our Tree For All campaign, which aims to plant 12 million native trees – that’s one for every child in the UK.”