West Earlham Junior School pupils making Christmas decorations by recycling soft drinks cans. Seven year old Kyra Jameson with some of Charlotte Dean's designs.Photo: Steve Adams

West Earlham pupils turn waste Christmas decorations for the Forum’s tree

Friday, November 30, 2012
11.28 AM

You are more likely to find empty cola cans and coffee packets at the bottom of a bin –but thanks to the creativity of a Norwich designer they will be adorning a city Christmas tree.

Charlotte Dean, who has made blankets for the children of the rich and famous, took her mission to make Christmas green, to West Earlham Junior School on Tuesday afternoon.

Youngsters were taught how to turn cans into tree decorations and coffee packets into tinsel.

Mrs Dean said: “When you start making things out of these materials you see how valuable they are and wonder why we throw them away.”

The decorations made by the school’s eco-committee will be displayed at the Forum’s Christmas tree in the Fusion digital gallery.

Teaching assistant Karen Withers, who helped set up the committee, said: “I thought that it would be good for the children to be given a chance to play their part in what happens to their own environment.”

Pupil Samantha Melton, nine, said: “I like being on the eco-committee because it is saving the environment and we try to make others understand what it is, such as the types of food that can go into the food waste bins.”

Headteacher Catrin Parry-Jones said the eco-committee was helping the pupils to become more aware of their environment.

Green councillor for Wensum ward Lucy Galvin, who arranged for Mrs Dean to visit the school, added: “It’s amazing to see what beautiful baubles can be made with what is normally thrown into the bin.”