27 March 2009>
Bryn Primary School in Pontllanfraith has scooped the top prize in a competition to recycle old Yellow Pages.
Schools across the Caerphilly county borough are celebrating their success in the Yellow Woods Challenge – the simple, educational and fun environmental campaign for schools, run by Yellow Pages working in partnership with the Woodland Trust and Caerphilly county borough council.
Yellow Pages has awarded cash prizes to schools that recycled the most old Yellow Pages directories per pupil. Bryn Primary School is the Gold Oak award winner and receives £300 for recycling 2.88 directories per pupil. Derwendeg Primary School won the Silver Birch award and £200 while St Gwladys Bargoed Primary carried off the £100 Bronze Beech award.
Markham Primary School scooped a £50 bonus prize from Yellow Pages as Outstanding Achiever, while Hendre Infants also won a £50 bonus prize as Best Newcomer.
For every pound given to schools, Yellow Pages has donated a matching pound to the Woodland Trust – the UK's leading woodland conservation charity. Sue East, corporate fundraiser from the Trust said: "The money from the Yellow Woods Challenge supports our Tree For All campaign, which aims to plant 12 million native trees – that's one for every child in the UK."
The top six schools have also won a year's free membership to the Trust's 'Nature Detectives Club' courtesy of Yellow Pages. Members receive regular educational materials to make learning about nature fun throughout the year.
Cllr Lyn Ackerman, CCBC Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: "I'd like to congratulate all the winning schools and say a big 'Thank you' to everyone who made a contribution to the environment by recycling their old Yellow Pages directory."
A total of 2,175 old directories were collected and are being recycled into loft insulation.
Caerphilly schools must now wait until June 2009 to find out how their directory recycling scores compare with other schools taking part in the Yellow Woods Challenge in Wales. Recycling champions will win £1,000 from Yellow Pages.
Finalists in the Big Yellow Pages Art Competition will be put to a public vote in autumn 2009. For details, visit www.yellow-woods.co.uk
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