BEST OF NORTHUMBERLAND AWARDS: Green Champion

Best of Northumberland awards 2014 at Alnwick Garden' Jeannie Kielty of Banks presents the Green Champion award to Mr Sage and Miss Symons of Wooler First School.
Best of Northumberland awards 2014 at Alnwick Garden' Jeannie Kielty of Banks presents the Green Champion award to Mr Sage and Miss Symons of Wooler First School.

Winning a national award for collecting almost 8,000 biscuit wrappers and saving them from landfill led to an award for Wooler First School.

Sponsored by Banks Group, the Green Champion award was presented to PTA member David Sage and school council organiser Victoria Symons for the school’s efforts in the Terracyle and McVitie’s challenge.

A total of 7,800 used biscuit wrappers were collected by the school’s network of collectors and the wider community in the Glendale area during the six-month McVitie’s Biscuit Wrapper Round-up.

And it wasn’t just the school that joined in the challenge.

It was supported by community groups such as Roddam WI and blood donor groups in the North East.

The school came in ahead of strong competition from participating locations all over the UK, including runners-up the Women’s Aid Charity in Grimsby and the third placed Preemies UK children’s charity in Droitwich in the West Midlands.

Receiving the award, Victoria said: “It’s amazing to get this and totally unexpected. We don’t know who nominated us but it is very exciting.

“The kids at the school are still really involved with recycling and the project just keeps growing and growing.”

David added: “I started it off originally with the teachers to fund-raise but the children then decided to get involved and it’s just been fantastic.

“They are constantly coming up with new ideas they are incredible.”

Also nominated: The Wild Sheep Company, Alnwick, which helps to promote green awareness through its climbing and ski store in Alnwick, and Eleanor Phillips, from Longhoughton, a major champion for conservation around Northumberland’s beaches.