Dorchester schoolgirl nominated for eco-award

Dorchester schoolgirl nominated for eco-award

Published by Maria Greenwood at 8:16am 28th October 2019. (Updated at 8:31am 28th October 2019)

8-year-old Isla Lester from Dorchester has been nominated for her extraordinary efforts to help the environment.

She's up for the Best Youth Volunteer Award in the Dorset Volunteer Centre Awards .

The Damers Eco Crew from Damers First School have also been shortlisted for Best Youth Volunteer Group.

Isla Lester, 8, doing her bit to help the planet
Isla Lester, 8, doing her bit to help the planet.

Isla, who is part of the crew, spends an hour each weekend litter picking and asking local businesses to stop using single-use plastic.

She says she's motivated by wanting to help animals.

"It will be much cleaner, and I don't want animals dying.

"If there's a fish who ate a bit of plastic, you might be eating that fish with a tiny bit of plastic in.

"I think I can do better than this. I can do more."

Damers First School is also up for the Surfers Against Sewage, School's Champion Award.

The awards ceremony takes place on the 21st November in Bristol with an all star judging panel - including Ben Fogle and Double Olympic Champion Helen Glover.

Plastic Free Lyme Regis is also up for the 'Plastic-Free Community' award.