Our project to save rainforest has just been aided by two fantastic Herefordshire primary schools, teachers, children and parents alike. Connected to this year's Go Green Day, Leominster Primary School - in the handsome and much under-rated town of Leominster - and Stretton Sugwas Primary School both ran inventive and very productive fund-raising campaigns for us. Leominster had a no-uniform day, asking the children to come in wearing green and to bring a little collection. Not so little: they raised just about £400.
Impressively, Stretton Sugwas Primary School, which lies not far from Hereford, raised the same amount and had some very clever fund raising ideas. One of them was a 1p and 2p competition, the class with the most pennies getting a trip to the National Trust Weir Gardens just down the road. The emptying out of lots of piggy banks alone produced £180. Also, the school's Eco Committee organised a Toy Sale and the PTA ran teas and cakes for sale.
.We are hugely grateful to the schools, and not least the teachers who organised the collections. The success of these two school's action on our behalf is particularly pleasing to us... not just the money but also giving us the knowledge that the importance of protecting rainforest is getting through.