Forestry Commission logo
NEWS RELEASE No: 144581 MARCH 2011

Student's recycled fashion goes on display at Forest Arts Centre

This news story is now over a year old and information may no longer be accurate or up-to-date. It might also contain obsolete links.
Please use our search link on the left to look for more recent information.
Malteser Dress

An exhibition of innovatively designed recycled fashion goes on display on Saturday 12 March at the Centre for Contemporary Art & The Natural World (CCANW) at the Forestry Commission’s Haldon Forest Park near Exeter.

The exhibition, called ‘Fashion Sweet Fashion’ will showcase the work of over 45 students from Devon secondary schools and A-Level colleges who have made items of clothing from a range of recycled materials including crisp packets, sweet wrappers, ring pulls from canned drinks and magazines. 

Schools that took part include Queen Elizabeth Community College, Sidmouth Community College, Plymstock College, The King’s School, Tiverton High School, Axe Valley Community College and Newton Abbot College.

CCANW’s 2010-11 programme focused on the impact of fashion and textiles in our lives and on the environment and as part of this they requested ‘open submissions’ to find out how young people interpret sustainability, recycling and upcycling and what it means to them. 

CCANW’s Learning Programmes Manager Johanna Korndorfer says:

“The quality of the work that has been submitted by Devon’s students is amazing.  We have some beautiful pieces that show some incredible imagination and flair for fashion.  The exhibition is the perfect way to close our season looking at textiles and fashion.

“Some of the students whose work is being displayed will hopefully be helping to curate the exhibition, and we hope that they will find this to be a really interesting experience.  The show opens on Saturday 12 March but there will be a launch event on Sunday 13 March which people are welcome to attend.”

One teacher said:

“The exhibition is a fantastic opportunity for students to showcase their work and to see the work of other students in Devon, a rare and exciting experience for all involved.”

Fashion Sweet Fashion will close on Sunday 27 March.

Notes to editors

  1. There is something for everyone at Haldon Forest Park.  It is 3.500 acres of woodland, owned by the Forestry Commission, just fifteen minutes from Exeter.  It is open every day and there are a range of walks and all ability trails, cycling trails as well as a wide range of events.  Rangers are on hand daily to give advice and ensure people get the most out of their visit.  In addition Forest Cycle Hire is based at Haldon, hiring out mountain bikes to visitors and facilitating groups of cyclists in the forest.  Haldon Forest Park also hosts Go Ape, an award-winning high wire forest adventure course of rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip slides in the tree tops.  The Ridge Café is open at Haldon every day serving a range of delicious, locally sourced food and drink.  The site is also home to the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World, an innovative organisation, which uses the arts to explore new understandings of our place within nature.  They hold regular exhibitions and run educational events.

  2. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment.  Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands.  Further information can be found at

Media Contact
Kirstie Smith, Communications Manager, Forestry Commission on 01392 834249.