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Kids help us make play areas smoke-free

26 July 2017

Local children have been involved in helping to make their play areas and parks smoke-free.

Year 6 children from two West Bridgford primary schools – Edwalton Primary and Heymann Primary schools - took part in a poster competition as part of a smoke-free play area initiative.

Rushcliffe Borough Council started the smoke-free play areas initiative as part of a wider smoking cessation campaign, with the aim to make all play areas in Rushcliffe smoke-free zones.

The children were asked to design a poster which will be displayed in their local play area or park and will remind and educate members of the public using them they are requested to refrain from smoking in or near the play area.

Cllr Debbie Mason, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community & Leisure said: “This is a very positive initiative which will have advantages throughout Rushcliffe. Providing safe, smoke free play areas is very important to Rushcliffe Borough Council’s objective to reduce the prevalence of smoking which also includes making all Rushcliffe Borough Council organised events smoke-free. A big thank you to all those year six pupils at Edwalton Primary School and Heymann Primary School who took part for their enthusiasm and hard work that went into their posters.”

The winners of the competition were as follows:

Edwalton Primary School – the winning design was created by Faith Davenport, Brendon Ballin and Matthew Gunn (all aged 11)

Smoke free poster winners - Edwalton Primary

Haymann Primary school – The winning pair were Arjun Joshi & George Thornton

Smoke free poster winners - Heymann Primary