Throughout February, over 200 pupils from across primary schools in Devon were invited to design wheelie bins that connected food and farming with the message of recycling. They were allowed to use brightly coloured paint and everyday items that we throw away to decorate the bins.

The eight winners would have their designs brought to life to be placed on Devon County Shows Wheelie Wild Trail.

The judging panel consisted of Devon County Shows Honorary Director, David Parish, Toucan Design Co-founder, Josh Beadon and Coastal Recycling team, Stacey Adamson and Harry Wild.

All the judges were thrilled with the response to the competition. It was a pleasure to look through the creative, inspiring, and at times eccentric wheelie bin ideas from the pupils. With ideas ranging from bins garnished with compost to promote the food cycle, to honey-bee wheelie bins that tell the story of pollination, it became evident that pupils as young as eight years old are clued up about how food gets to the table.

Emma Watson, Education and Office Coordinator at Devon County Show said,

Wheelie Wild Trail entrants also need to solve eight food and farming questions as they make their way around the Children’s Farm area. Agriculture is an ingegral part of Devon’s economy and community, so it’s crucial that children are engaged with food and farming from an early age.

Wheelie bin designs were judged on creativity and originality, boldness of design and how skilfully the bin conveyed the message to recycle more.

Harry Wild from Coastal Recycling said,

This campaign is to encourage visitors at the Devon County Show to look at waste differently. Hopefully these eye-catching creations will make people stop and think about how everyday items can be recycled and reused.

The category winners are:

St Martins C of E

Angora section – Bethany Harris

Farmyard section – Jason Winter

Runners up – Lexi Simpson and Ruby Watson

Clyst St Mary

Country Life area – Imogen

Pigs – Laurie