A spectacular model of a WW1 soldier has been made from recycled plastic and paper-mache at the Able2Achieve vocational training unit in Crewkerne. The students who were concerned about news reports on plastic pollution in the sea and also wanted to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War, made the Tommy from 200 plastic bottles. The plastic model took 40 days to build and includes poppies made from bottle bases.

Care supervisor Lizzie said: “The learners are extremely proud of their efforts and really enjoyed making it. Their main reason was concern about pollution in the sea and how damaging the effects could be to animals, fish and plants and then into the food chain.” While making the model, the team learnt about the changes in the world over the last hundred years and about WW1 and the horrific time that the soldiers spent in the trenches.

The Crewkerne Branch of the Royal British Legion were invited to A2A in Crewkerne for the initial unveiling of the student’s WW1 Tommy. Branch chairman Tony Samuel said: “We were totally amazed that plastic bottles could be created into something so spectacular. Our branch were truly honoured to have been invited. Not only were we made to feel welcome but it was really interesting to see how much the learners do there.”

Reusing plastic to make their model of a WW1 soldier, to remember the Fallen, in time for this year’s centenary commemorations, the students at Able2Achieve are also sharing a strong message with everyone, to stop polluting the oceans, recycle and reuse the material to create something meaningful that doesn’t harm the environment.

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