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Saving the oceans from plastic waste at Windmill Hill

The harmful effect of plastic waste in our oceans was the focus for experiments and themed activities by pre-schoolers at Windmill Hill Day Nursery in Swindon.

Using big containers filled with blue water at the day nursery in Windmill Business Park, Whitehill Way, the pre-schoolers noted how plastic nets and bottles wouldn’t decompose and that other waste items turned the water a less appealing colour.

As Windmill Hill Deputy Manager Kayleigh Blaylock explained the themed activities are not only useful as an introduction to science but also an important vehicle for conservation messages.

“I am delighted to say that the idea for the experiments came from a parent contributing to our eco-schools project, and it was a definite winner with the children. The fact that the plastic netting didn’t disintegrate and our ‘sea creatures’ were getting tangled in the mess made a real impact on the children,” she said.

The Windmill Hill pre-schoolers, who are already enthusiastic recyclers and involved in garden planting at the nursery, used their emerging writing skills to make lists and document their findings before small group discussions on the subject.