Youngsters get a new play area... and it’s made of composted cups

ALL SMILES Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage opens the new recycled garden at Brockhurst pre-school with, from left,  Jethro Barilli, Lucy Teesdale, Faith Bethell, Hollie Warnes and Millie Sherman. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (131414-1)
ALL SMILES Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage opens the new recycled garden at Brockhurst pre-school with, from left, Jethro Barilli, Lucy Teesdale, Faith Bethell, Hollie Warnes and Millie Sherman. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131414-1)
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PIONEERING compost made from plastic cups has been used to give pre-schoolers a new place to play.

Youngsters were delighted with the a new garden at Brockhurst Pre-School in Netherton Road, Gosport.

Gosport-based manufacturer Huhtamaki used BioWare cups, which are compostable.

The firm was keen to prove its recycling credentials by using the cups.

Sheila Simpson is the after school club manager at the pre-school.

She said: ‘The whole of the school is delighted.

Not only to have won this competition, but to be given such an amazing resource for everyone associated with the school to utilise.

‘The kids have enjoyed getting their hands dirty as they got stuck into planting their vegetables.’

She added: ‘We look forward to being able to use it as an extension of the classroom.’

The school had entered a competition to win the garden makeover.

It had taken three months for the cups to compost, with the competition running during the composting process.

Now youngsters at the school will be able to play in the garden and learn about the food they can plant.

John Young is a manager at Huhtamaki.

He said: ‘We’ve been producing our range of BioWare cups in the UK for some time now.

These cups are really quite special in that. Not only are they compostable but they are also made from 100 per cent PEFC certified biocoated paper.

‘It means they are produced in accordance with sustainable forestry practices.

‘We wanted to prove that we could close the loop by demonstrating that the BioWare cups that we manufacture here in the UK could be successfully composted.’

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage paid a visit to open the garden.

She said: ‘I was honoured to be asked to open the garden.

‘It’s a fantastic and exciting environment for the kids to play in and simply amazing to see that everyday items such as disposable cups can be composted and re-used in such a worthwhile way.’