Damers First School go to Westminster

Damers First School, Campaign to Protect Rural England and Sophie from Litter Free Dorset travelled up to London to talk to Michael Gove about the Deposit Return Scheme.

The children asked Gove questions and presented him with a list of golden rules for the new Deposit Return Scheme these included having a system which collects all shapes and sizes includes every shop. The children were interviewed by Newsround, met Green Party member Baroness Jenny Jones (lives in Cerne Abbas, Dorset) and even had a tour of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.

The children and Sophie from Litter Free Dorset gave Gove a special gift to represents how important we feel the Deposit return scheme is. The gift for Gove is a sculpture of future fossils designed by the Litter Dorset group. The Sculpture is carved out of Blue Lias by the Dorset Stone Carver Ben Russell. The lifespan of a container is so much more than the few minutes in which it is used. It symbolises what fossils may look like in 100 years times if we don’t act now.

The children were also on CBBC Newsround https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/47404939 and CPRE put together a short film of the work the school has done on the project since September 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzs2lKnMP4E

David Parry/PA Wire

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