Isles of Scilly - AONB

Yellow Woods

Bt and Catalogue recycling for Scilly.

The Isles Of Scilly AONB and Five Islands School are collaborating again this year in what is known as the “Yellow Woods Challenge” in partnership with Penwith district schools in the collecting and recycling of Yellow Pages.

The challenge is a scheme created by Yellow Pages and The Woodland Trust whereby schools register and collect as many Yellow Pages as possible (for the given geographical area) and are rewarded with cash prizes for the school, whilst educating children about the environment, saving the books from landfill and supporting the Woodland Trust.

The phone directories subsequently get transported to be recycled into animal bedding, before which there is an option for students to express their creative energies by transforming their piles of collected books into sculpture. Last year there was some 163 entries for this part of the challenge and a St. Austell school was one of the final six winning cash for educational tools. Check the Yellow Woods Challenge website:  for some of last years brilliant entries. Every £1 given to schools was matched by Yellow Pages and given to the Woodland Trusts “Trees for all” campaign.

Last year numerous schools entered the challenge and the competition was hot. This year it is expected some 2,200 schools nationwide will enter.

The Penwith co-ordinator of YWC has generously offered to also take our old BT phone directories and any other bulky catalogues (Screwfix, Grattons – not newspapers and magazines) you may have lying around that are out of date when receiving the shipment of Yellow Pages- whilst these will not be counted as part of the YWC it is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of this measure of goodwill and be able to recycle something we don’t have facilities for here on the islands.

To help Five Islands School be successful in their challenge please bring your old Yellow Pages to the foyer of the secondary or primary school bases and stack them neatly for regular collection. The collection will continue for some weeks and should end mid-end Feb… more details will be posted around the islands and broadcasted on Radio Scilly. You can also contact Clare Lewis or Amy Slack at the AONB on 424315 for details.

Please remember that if anything sent regularly and directly to you in the post is unwanted then you can stop it by either contacting the said company directly or registering with the mail preference on tel/fax: 0845 703 4599 or e-mail

For more info check their website

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