Discovering the art of waste

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Pupils from Torpoint Community College had the chance to turn waste into art at a special event held by a Liskeard-based eco artist.

Trevor Gash shows a student how to make decorative shapes from waste slate roofing tiles

The year 8 and 9 pupils spent an afternoon with eco builder and artist, Trevor Gash, to create trophies from recycled material.

Gash, who has been commissioned to design and build the awards for this year’s Cornwall Sustainability Awards, wanted to show that material that could be classed as rubbish could be turned into something useful.

He said: “I like using sustainable materials and I wanted to show the children how easy it was to change waste into something beautiful, like the trophy.

“For me, the idea of using recycled material was the most appropriate way to recognise the achievements of the Cornwall Sustainability Awards winners.”

It is the second year that Trevor has been commissioned to produce the trophies for the awards, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.