Lilly, the big inflatable yellow duck has got a new friend Henlietta the Recycling Duck who is enjoying the sunshine on Mill Meadows next to the Adventure playground ready to be filled with recyclable rubbish.
Henlietta was the idea of resident, Eva Rickett (pictured above) who saw a large recycling fish on a beach on the internet a few years ago and thought that Henley should have duck to raise awareness of river pollution and to recycle rubbish. Eva said, “It was great fun building her and trying to give her some character. I do hope she will be ‘fed’ lots of recycling and enjoy her time on the Meadows.”
Eva has got together with Michaela Clarke from Create ‘n Make to build Henlietta as part of the Great Big Green Week. Michaela said, “She’s been built using Hazel tree cuttings to form the structure and covered with old Peppard Building Supplies bulk bags plus a Sainsbury’s plastic bag for her beak. It’s been great fun making her with Eva and we hope that she’ll bring a smile to people’s faces and get the message across about river pollution in a fun way. We’d love people to share their selfies with us on social media using #henliettaduck.” Eva added, “This week is a big reminder to all of us to take responsibility when it comes to litter and recycling.”
Michaela has also been running Great Big Green Week school workshops where the children have been making bug hotels and bird feeders out of recycled plastic bottles and juice and milk cartoons. The workshops were kindly paid for by Henley Educational Trust.