Edd has created a multi-award winning series of eco initiatives in partnership with pupils, staff, parents and friends of Damers First School, Poundbury, Dorchester. Edd is a teacher and Eco Coordinator at the school and a member of Dorchester Poundbury Rotary Club.
In December 2019, Damers First School won a national award for its environmental work and was crowned Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Schools’ Champion. The judges applauded the school for embedding sustainability work across the school curriculum as well as the children going to Westminster to meet Michael Gove to discuss the importance of an ‘all in’ system for the Deposit Recycle Scheme with support from the Campaign to Protect Rural England and Litter Free Dorset with the children appearing on CBBC Newsround. Numerous other prestigious awards have been won by the children, including overall winner of the prestigious Environmental Youth Award for 2019 at the Royal Bath and West of England Show for showing a whole school approach to environmental education. The judges said they were inspired by the innovation and infectious enthusiasm for the environment that ran right through the school.Edd initiated the school’s Refill Poundbury scheme to reduce single-use plastic in Dorchester and across Dorset. Members of the public can go into businesses with a refill sticker and refill their reusable bottle with free water. Damers Eco Ambassadors have written letters to over 300 businesses, 30 schools, nurseries, colleges, Dorset Council and 30 community groups asking for their support by giving up single use plastic and finding alternatives.
Edd has coordinated a number of ongoing recycling initiatives involving materials not collected by the Dorset Waste Partnership including biscuit and cake wrappers, plastic pet food pouches and packaging, plastic sweet and chocolate bar wrappers, pens, toothbrushes and printer refills.
In 2019 he was awarded Wessex FM’s Teacher of the Year award after being nominated by children and parents for the environmental work he has achieved at school and in the local community.