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Millie, aged 10, from Fairlands Primary School has won a wormery, after entering a competition run by Stevenage Borough Council.

The council contacted all primary schools in Stevenage in May to invite pupils to take part in the competition to win a wormery – which was kindly donated by Wormcity – and a signed copy of local Hertfordshire author, Polly Owen’s, book ‘Darwin’s Super-Pooping Worm Spectacular’. The children were tasked with designing a poster with pictures of items that can be composted.

There was a total of 61 entries, from two schools: Fairlands Primary School and St Nicholas Church of England Primary School.

Millie won the competition with her drawing of what can be composted and was presented with her prizes by the Mayor of Stevenage Councillor Myla Arceno and author Polly Owen on Monday 3 July. Two runners-up from St Nicholas Church of England, Primary School, Lara and David, were also awarded a signed copy of the book.

Wining Picture by Millie from Year 5 at Fairlands School

Councillor Simon Speller, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Climate Change, said:

“We know that many of our schools in Stevenage are becoming increasingly active in growing their own fruit, vegetables and plants with a number having their own eco or gardening clubs. It was fantastic to see so many amazing entries to our competition that show the children have a real understanding of composting and why it’s important. It was tough choosing a winner!

“I’d like to say a big well done to Millie, who won, and Lara and David who came second and third.

“It’s great that we have so many young people who are interested in composting and taking care of our planet, and we hope that this competition encouraged conversations about composting and climate change in many homes.”

For more information on home composting, visit our Home Composting webpage.