Jonny is recycling champion

Three schools in the Winchester district have picked up awards by demonstrating just what recycling means to them and their environment.

At Cheriton Primary School in Cheriton, 10-year-old Jonny Hart received a visit from Cllr Frank Pearson, Winchester City Council's Portfolio Holder for Environment, who presented the young artist with his award at morning assembly.

All Hampshire schools were asked to design a poster for their school recycling bin and Jonny's design is based on the ancient weeping ash tree that stands guard outside Cheriton Primary school, which dates from 1875. Jonny, who enjoys maths, computers and sport as well as art, explained "trees are very important to the atmosphere, which is why we must recycle paper to save them."

Jonny's original artwork was framed and returned to him by Cllr Pearson, who also presented the school with a large poster, based on Jonny's design, which would be fixed to the school's recycling bin.

Cllr Pearson was impressed with the children's knowledge about recycling and how Cheriton Primary also has its own Eco Code.

"Cheriton will see a new alternate weekly collection introduced in the village in early 2007," he said, "and I am confident that it will be received enthusiastically by local residents. These youngsters are showing us the way and they clearly understand the importance of recycling for the future of our planet."

The two other schools in the Winchester district that received awards were Kings Worthy Primary and St Faiths C of E Primary in Winchester.