CLIMATE Friendly Bradford on Avon have found a keen ally in St Laurence School whose pupils are helping its initiative to reduce the use of single use plastic bottles.

Members of the climate group's Zero Waste Group have been have been signing up businesses to the refill scheme 'Refill Bradford on Avon' where businesses agree to provide free refills of water for plastic bottles.

And to aid their cause, the Sustainability Group at St Laurence School organised a competition for the best sticker design to go on bottles and remind their owners to refill and avoid waste and pollution.

People will be asked to sign a pledge to cut down their plastic bottle usage and be given a sticker.

Coming out on top at the school was Kitty, followed by Leo, both in year 8, with Year 13 pupil Charlie winning third prize. Now Kitty's design will be printed on stickers which will be given to pledgers during events in the town this summer.

"I have to commend both groups because they are doing some great work, it looks to be a partnership that is flourishing," said Rowena Quantrill, one of the founders of Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon.

"I think what they are doing is absolutely brilliant. It is great to see different generations understanding the importance of something like this and actively trying to make a difference.

"We have working on and off with the school ever since we formed 11 years ago so to me it is clear that the school places a great importance in being environmentally friendly. If we can get as many businesses involved too that would be great."

The prizes were high quality stainless steel water bottles to help the prize winners keep their pledge of cutting down on using plastic bottles.

Zero Waste Group member Maureen Wood added: "Hopefully there will be fewer plastic bottles littering the gutters and hedges of Bradford this Summer and fewer sent for recycling, as the Refill Revolution gets going.

"The Refill Campaign started in Bristol but is now spreading through the South West. It seems to be an idea whose time has come and Bradford on Avon is the first town in Wiltshire to adopt the scheme."