Bestival Water workshops are no washout!

Over 14,000 Bestival Adopt-A-Bottle water bottles have now been distributed to date to over 40 Isle of Wight schools. It is now common to see children walking to school carrying the distinctive colourful bottles.

The distribution of the distinctive Adopt-A-Bottles has been backed up by Footprint Trust water workshops in 12 Island local authority schools. These have been presented to over 3800 pupils to date.

The Bestival Foundation funds the Footprint Trust’s waterworkshops – which are now entering their third year.

‘Water issues are very topical due to the drought and the fact that the Island imports over 25% of its water from the mainland…thanks to funding from the Bestival we have been able to educate a whole generation about the importance of water conservation….’ Said Ray Harrington-Vail of The Footprint Trust charity.

Thanks to this project the majority of Isle of Wight Primary schools have now joined the international Eco-schools programme. In total 44 IW Council schools are now members and 6 schools have now been awarded the Green Flag.

The pupils have been left with an attractive fun worksheet to go over later with their teacher. Each class is left with the powerpoint presentation that we have given – so that the teacher can go over it again at a future date. Leaflets and booklets are also left as a resource, along with details of the internet sites.

Eco-Audits have carried out in 11 schools – St Saviours, Brading, Summerfields, Shanklin, St Helens, Newchurch, St Francis, Lane End Primary, Wootton Primary, St Thomas of Canterbury, and St Mary’s Primary. In each case pupils from the school council or Eco-Schools committee have assisted. A report is then written by staff from the Trust and given to the school for the pupils and staff to act upon the points made.

The comments from pupils and staff have been very positive and the charity has received bookings from other schools following recommendations. Schools are now lined up for the next academic year.

The Footprint Trust have produced supportive information for teachers on their website Teachers can contact the Trust on 82-22-82.

“Due to this work in schools we have also been able to engage with parents after school and given them guidance on saving water and other green issues…”

Said Ray Harrington-Vail of The Footprint Trust