IF you spot this wonderful design on the side of a refuse and recycling lorry in the Ely area it is the handiwork of King’s Ely pupil, Iris Thompson!

East Cambridgeshire District Council ran a children’s art competition during the Easter Holidays in preparation for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The theme of the creative competition was ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’ and Iris, who is in Year 3 at King’s Ely Junior, was among the many local children and young people who got involved.

Iris’ striking design, which explores the lifecycle of a tree, was chosen as a winner in the competition. As a result, her masterpiece is being displayed on the side of an East Cambs Street Scene refuse and recycling lorry, being shared on social media and being made into posters.

In keeping with the ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’ theme, Iris is also receiving £50 worth of National Garden Gift Vouchers, and her entry is on display at the Council Offices in Nutholt Lane, Ely.

Council Chairman, Councillor Alan Sharp, who selected the winning designs, said: “We have been amazed by the high number of entries and the superb creativity of the artwork provided. I am so pleased so many young people in East Cambs have really got behind this initiative, which not only celebrates the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee but also helps raise awareness of the need to plant more trees and help look after our environment.”

Well done Iris – what a super achievement!

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