Ironwork’s Support Thomas Adams School with latest Environmental Project

As part of their bid to be more environmentally friendly, Thomas Adams School in Wem have been taking part in an exceptional project to raise awareness for the importance of recycling and eco-conservation. The school will be working hard over the next few months to collect thousands of bottle tops for the creation of a sculpture, igniting their children’s imaginations over using general household waste to create art. The school’s Environmental Club approached us to discuss their project ideas and challenged us to create something inspiring for their bottle tops.

Completely inspired by their environmental ideas, we chose to create a metal mesh mountain gorilla which has been designed to hold over one million bottle tops and will become the integral base for their bottle top sculpture. One of the world’s most endangered species, the mountain gorilla is the perfect symbol to help raise awareness for the protection of our environment and its species, and we can’t wait to see the finished project later in the year.

 Pictured: Alice Coburn, Even Simpson, Annabel Booth, Daisy Taylor all students at The Thomas Webb School Wem and Arnie _-Fabricator at The British Ironwork Centre. Plus, Annabel makes the last few finishing touches to the sculpture.

This Monday morning four students from Thomas Adams School visited us alongside their teacher, Maxine Turner, to put the finishing touches on their gorilla structure. The students helped our in-house blacksmith to complete the gorilla by welding the final few pieces together. It was fantastic to watch the students participate in the creation of the first leg of the sculpture’s journey and we are very excited to see the piece come to life through their recycling efforts in the near future! This is a wonderfully unique and important project and we are very proud to be a part of it.

If your school are doing something to do with the environment or up cycling/recycled art and other related projects we would love to hear from you with your ideas

Pictured: Eve Simpson, Maxine Turner from Thomas Adams School, Arnie of The British Ironwork Centre, Annabel Booth, Clive Knowles Chairman, Daisy Taylor and Alice Coburn.

Do you think your school can take on the challenge to fill this gorilla once Thomas Adams School are finished with him? Let us Know by contacting or call 01691 610952