Youngsters take on recycling challenge

The dog sculpture created by inpatients at Ash Villa. EMN-141218-104120001

The dog sculpture created by inpatients at Ash Villa. EMN-141218-104120001

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Inpatients at Ash Villa NHS mental health assessment and treatment unit for children and young people in Greylees have been recycling waste materials in an environmental impact challenge set to help meet sustainability targets.

Working with teaching staff at the neighbouring Ash Villa School, the young people made a two-foot high sculpture of a dog based on the unit’s resident pooch, Petra, from old sofa foam, bandages and plaster. They also made a collage depicting a ‘bin bag volcano’ erupting with ‘bottle top lava’ to signify the effect of waste on the world.

Activity coordinator Phil Lovell said: “Their enthusiasm for recycling has spilled over into other activities and now they want to restore the old greenhouse to its former glory and grow plants and vegetables.”

Inpatients were presented with £100 of gift vouchers by Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust estates team who set the challenge with waste contractor Veolia.