Graffiti Lessons for Bury school children thanks to Mick George Ltd

Pupils from Bury Primary School near Huntingdon were given lessons in the art of graffiti thanks to leading skip hire and waste management company Mick George Ltd and Peterborough United’s charity The POSH Foundation. 

The opportunity arose when Peterborough United FC’s own Darren Ferguson picked pupil Neve Harvey’s artwork from over 1500 entries in the innovative “Skips for Schools” design and recycling competition.  As top prizewinner of the Year Group 3-5 category, the 10–year old budding ‘Banksy’ and her classmates were treated to a visit from internationally acclaimed graffiti artist Jonnie Barton.  He carefully explained how to use aerosols safely, demonstrated different techniques and guided the children through the process as they brought Neve’s vibrant design to life in spray paint on the side of a bright yellow Mick George recycling skip.

Primary and secondary schools across Cambridgeshire were invited to take part in the “Skips for Schools” initiative which saw Mick George Ltd. provide a skip to each participating school and convert its recyclable waste into funds for the school and the POSH Foundation’s many community projects. This also involved a ‘design a skip’ art competition encouraging schoolchildren to be healthy and creative and to think about what is important for their local community and the environment.

“My skip is bright and colourful to attract glances as people pass. I think it will appeal to children and they will start asking questions about what it is and the adults can explain recycling” said Neve. Form teacher Paul Woodman also commented: “This was such a marvelous opportunity and all the children had a great time - many thanks to Mick George Ltd. for organising the day”.

Mick George Ltd. is a patron of the POSH Foundation charity and supports its many initiatives aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable young people in the region and encouraging greater care of the local community. The company has state-of-the-art waste management facilities throughout the area. It boasts recycling rates of over 90% and is actively working towards its goal of diverting all waste from landfill and achieving 100% recycling rates by 2015. Visit