Damers First School was crowned Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Schools’ Champion in a glitzy awards ceremony at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery last week. The awards ceremony was hosted by BBC One Show Presenter, Chair of Judges and SAS trustee Lucy Siegle. The awards celebrated the work of young people, national organisations and individuals in reducing single use plastic. Sir David Attenborough was presented with the Sir Malcom Walker Award for the biggest influencer on plastics. The Producer of Blue Planet 2 collected the award on his behalf.
The judges applauded Damers First School for embedding sustainability work across the school curriculum as well as the children going to Westminster to meet Michael Gove to discuss the importance of an ‘all in’ system for the Deposit Recycle Scheme with support from CPRE and Litter Free Dorset with the children appearing on CBBC Newsround.
Surfers Against Sewage received 850 nominations for the ten awards which were shortlisted by a judging panel that included Ben Fogle, Hugo Tagholm – CEO of Surfers Against Sewage, Helen Glover – Double Olympic Champion, Gillain Burke – BBC Wildlife Presenter, Liz Bonnin – Blue Planet Live and Drowning in Plastic Presenter, Lucy Siegle – Reporter/Presenter on the One Show, Richard Walker CEO of Iceland.
Each limited edition award was hand made from recycled glass in the shape of a plastic bottle, by Kurt Jackson, sculpture artist who was born in Blandford and now lives in Cornwall.