We are delighted to announce our next Helping Hand Community Trust project for October – Herefordshire Bull Project!
The Helping Hand Company have been working in association with the inspirational Andrew Wood – chair of UK Litterpicking Groups and the Hereford Community Environment Group and previous chair of Hereford Community Clean Up Group.
Andrew is helping schools across Herefordshire learn more about recycling in fun and innovative ways. He works directly with local schools to help them set up recycling schemes at their school which a local business can then sponsor. Back in June, we sponsored the installation of recycling bins at Colwall Primary School in support this initiative – read the blog article here: https://www.hhenvironmental.co.uk/colwall-primary-school-given-a-helping-hand-to-recycle/
From this initial pilot project of ten schools now over 60% of all Herefordshire schools involved in collecting a variety of recyclable materials at their school. Andrew wanted to take his recycling project one step further and commissioned a ‘Herefordshire Bull’ sculpture which he could take on tour to teach and encourage children to collect recyclable materials – he piloted ‘William’ to collect plastic bottle tops, but the pilot became so successful it gained interest from businesses too. William went on tour across the county and has been present at a lot of festivals and community events through the Summer.
Andrew second bull ‘Jimmy’ which was launched in September – working in partnership with Breast Cancer Haven, Hereford to help collect unwanted bras to give proceeds back to the charity.
Our really exciting news is thanks to the Helping Hand Community Trust, we will be sponsoring the production of the third ‘Herefordshire Bull’ in partnership for our October community trust project.
The next bull called ‘Brummie’ and will be made by Mark and his team of volunteers at Helping Hand Rotherwas (pictured) who will manufacture the bull using surplus metal bars, carrying on the recycling theme.
Brummie is a very special bull as he is being made to support the British Legion and SAS Hereford branches in support of Remembrance Day Parade and the Poppy Appeal. The name Brummie has been chosen to honour SAS legend and Herefordshire 22 regiment member, Brummie Stokes. We are delighted to be working with Lynne Stokes, Brummie widower on this project too.
School children across the county will be asked to make poppies to pin onto Brummie for when he tours schools after October half term to get him ready for the Remembrance Day Parade in November. Herefordshire school children will be making poppies out of recyclable materials, again supporting and encouraging children to learn about reusing materials which would of ended up in landfill.
Further announcements to be highlighted throughout October – watch this space!