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Fancy a challenge?

Warwickshire County Council is inviting county schools to take part in a version of Scrapheap Challenge, the popular TV programme which tests the ingenuity and ability of participants to create something from next to nothing.

Warwickshire schools who participate in the challenge will be given a small grant to help build their items and encouraged to gain the support of local businesses.

Year 8 students are being challenged to build a land-based vehicle, while Year 12 students are being challenged to build a water-based craft.

The Scrapheap Challenge is part of the year-long SWAT (Save Warwickshire A Tonne) campaign to save help Warwickshire residents go greener by saving a tonne of CO2.

The final of each challenge will take place at a Warwickshire County Council Country Park and the winning school will receive a trophy.

Cllr Alan Cockburn, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment and Economy, said: “Our version of Scrapheap Challenge is a fun way of encouraging school pupils to engage in our campaign and promote green awareness.

“Over the next year we want to help Warwickshire residents, schools and businesses to each save a tonne of CO2, as well as saving a ton of cash in the process.”

The year-long SWAT campaign to tackle climate change aims to raise awareness of how simple measures within the home, garden, business, school and travel can save both carbon and cash.

SWAT is the brainchild of Warwickshire County Council which has set up a dedicated SWAT team with its partner organisations Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, Warwick District Council, Rugby Borough Council, Stratford District Council, North Warwickshire Borough Council, community groups and Act on Energy.

Throughout the year it will host a series initiatives and events including Dine by Candlelight later this month with local restaurants and the Universally Challenged eco-quiz with county schools.

The campaign centres around four main themes: energy, transport, composting and growing your own food.

Initiatives are targeted at saving energy in the home, reducing greenhouse gases produced through energy production, and cutting down energy bills.

Schools can register for Scrapheap Challenge with Emma Clarke on 01926 418036 or emmaclarke@warwickshire.gov.uk

Further information on the SWAT campaign can be found at http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/SWAT.