Green students collect clothes to raise money for eco-team

Mill Hill School's eco-team
Mill Hill School's eco-team

Students at Mill Hill School have been collecting clothes and shoes to send to Africa to raise money for their eco-team.

Ten students are part of the eco-club being run at the Ripley school with the aim of helping them to understand and learn about sustainability.

They take part in a number of activities including growing vegetables, looking into ways of saving water and energy, recycling textiles and cans and are also hoping to carry out litter picks in the community.

The team members have been focusing on waste and recycling and collected textiles as part of the Phil the Bag initiative, which encourages children to weigh in their donations in exchange for cash for their school.

The donated items are then sold on and distributed to people who can use and enjoy them in developing countries.

A total of £90 has been raised and this will help the eco-club to buy seeds, compost and fund other activities.

Katrina van Rensburg, a higher level teaching assistant at Mill Hill, runs the eco-club.

She said: “Our students have been very busy collecting and weighing in bags of items that have been donated. Last year the money raised from collecting clothes bought a replacement pond liner and the refilled pond is already a welcome home to a number of frogs and frogspawn much to the delight of the eco students.

“Activities which we have done so far this year include making bird feeders, taking part in the RSPB birdwatch, planting donated pear trees, feeding and pruning fruit trees as well as chitting potatoes.”