Schoolchildren’s mission to create 1,000 endangered animals from waste


From turtles to snow leopards, Suffolk schoolchildren have created 1,000 endangered animals from recycled material.

creating 1000 endangered animals from wasteThirty schools and groups from across the county took part in the project, initiated by the Suffolk Waste Partnership, to make endangered animals from reused and recycled materials. The idea is to raise awareness of the effects of population growth and climate change, as well as the impact that littering and pollution has on animal habitats.

The waste-creations will be on display at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds and the café gallery at Ipswich Town Hall from Monday 2 December and into the New Year.

St Pancras Catholic Primary School in Ipswich was one of the schools which took part. Children used homemade glue made from flour and water, with recycled paper and cardboard to make tigers, whales, turtles and gorillas.

Justine Hughes, a class teacher at St Pancras, said:

“’It was so lovely to have been given the green light to be creatively green, making recycled and totally biodegradable art work.

“The project linked seamlessly with our science topic about animals and the changing environments they inhabit.”

A spokesperson for the Suffolk Waste Partnership said:

“This project is important because it helps young people realise that lots of everyday materials can be reused and recycled – that waste can be a helpful resource.

“It is inspiring to see such colourful creations and it is well worth a visit to see the art on display. We hope the children enjoyed the opportunity to learn about recycling.”

This is the fifth year of the Christmas display with previous themes including 1,000 stars, baubles, birds of peace, polar bears and penguins.

The artwork will be on display at Ipswich Town Hall café Gallery from 27 November to 11th January and at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, from 2 December to March 2020.

The schools and groups that took part include:

  • Hintlesham and Chattisham Primary
  • Beccles Primary
  • The Oaks Primary
  • Priory School
  • Melton Primary
  • Woodbridge Prep
  • Howard Primary
  • St Joseph’s Prep
  • Somersham Primary
  • Culford Prep
  • Westley Middle School
  • Whitehouse Primary
  • Holbrook Primary
  • Thomas Gainsborough
  • Debenham High
  • Ashley School
  • St Pancras Primary,
  • Birchwood Primary
  • Tudor Primary
  • Sandlings Primary
  • Thomas Wolsey School
  • Bawdsey Primary
  • St Gregory Primary
  • Woodhall Primary
  • Sextons Manor Primary
  • Tattingstone Primary
  • Stone Lodge Academy
  • Bramford Primary
  • Gainsborough Library,
  • Ipswich Brownies and Guides