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TEESSIDE pupils are at the forefront of a new year recycling project to help restore the nation's forests.

Eco-friendly youngsters from Guisborough's Laurence Jackson School are making it a green 2009 by recycling their Christmas cards to help out leading woodland conservation charity, the Woodland Trust.

Pupils are dropping off cards in the classroom, which are then taken to branches of WH Smith, Tesco, TK Maxx or Marks & Spencer, where they're turned back into card products.

The process raises "recycling credits" as a reward from councils for less waste going to landfill, and last year paid for the Woodland Trust to plant 17,000 trees.

And the keen recyclers from the school are doing their bit for the scheme, by dropping off their cards into a special recycling bin.

Head girl Helen Wardell, 16, of Guisborough, a Year 11 student, said: "I think trees are a very important part of life.

"They absorb carbon dioxide and so help cut down on global warming."

David Dalby-Webb, 14, of Redcar, a Year 10 student, said: "This is a good way forward. Everyone should chip in with a bit of recycling."

School business manager Christine Garcia said: "This is a new scheme.

Previously we would have recycled these cards via Redcar and Cleveland Council, but this way has a sustainable outcome."

Last year, 73.6m cards were collected nationally and people in North Yorkshire alone handed in 1,819,000 cards, which raised enough money to plant 429 trees.

It's all part of the Woodland Trust's campaign to make the UK a greener place - currently only 12% of the country is wooded, compared to 44% in Europe.

Sue Holden, chief executive of the Woodland Trust, thanked the pupils.

"By recycling cards this January, we'll be able to plant thousands more trees which these youngsters can then one day take their grandchildren to see," she added.


CHIPPING IN: From left, pupils David Dalby-Webb, Tom Sarginson, and Helen Wardell, who have all done their bit for the Woodland Trust Picture by PETER REIMANN
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jan 10, 2009
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