PUPILS at Lyngford Park Primary School, Taunton, have their fingers crossed after being shortlisted in a competition to win a £5,000 playground renovation.
They collected and turned 6,500 plastic bottle caps into stunning art sculptures as part of a national recycling campaign to raise awareness of the dangerous impact of plastic waste on the environment.
The school is now in the finals of the Message in a Bottle Top art competition with its incredible life-size sculptures of octopus, anglerfish and peacock.
The artwork is touring the area, passing by Priorswood Library and Taunton Town Football Club ground. The peacock sculpture, inspired by the club’s nickname, will be on permanent display at the Wordsworth Drive grounds.
Lyngford Park will now enter an online exhibition alongside the other nine finalists, where friends and family can support and comment on their favorite submissions before the winning school and the two finalists are announced on Monday July 18.
The winning school will receive a play area redesign worth and runners-up will receive tablets worth over £100.
Nicole Stearn, art lead and teacher at Lyngford Park, said: “The children got creative throughout, coming up with initial design ideas, collecting and sorting bottle caps and building the sculptures using other recycled waste.
“I am absolutely delighted with the end result and the impact the colorful animals are having on the reception area at Lyngford Park.
“As well as promoting a vital environmental message, the project supported student well-being, self-esteem and team-building skills.
“They are immensely proud of what they have achieved and have a newfound confidence and love for creative learning.”
The Message in a Bottle Top campaign is run by sustainable composite decking brand Composite Prime in conjunction with the National Schools Partnership and has involved 1,239 schools across the UK.
Composite Prime Director Charles Taylor said, “We are absolutely delighted with the level of interest in our Message in a Bottle campaign.
“The level of entries has been incredible and it has been so difficult to select a top ten.
You can vote for Lyngford Park to win by clicking HERE.