During February half term an empty unit at the Dolphin Shopping Centre was brought back to life with more than a quarter of a tonne of recycled materials thanks to local families.

In a bid to position its commitment to sustainability, the Dolphin invited children to help create an environmentally-friendly Eco Lounge whereby free activities and crafts where on offer.

Throughout the week more than 750 children were inspired to be green and get creative with recycled materials from building bottle furniture, producing purses from milk cartons, wallpapering with magazines, to creating toilet roll puppets and making paper plants.

Centre manager John Grinnell, said: “We have received fantastic feedback following the Eco Lounge event. Not only was it free and meaningful, but it meant parents could let their children get involved in a fun, messy activity that was out of the home.

“It is important to us that we drive the Centre’s sustainability and be a responsible and integral part of the Poole community in raising awareness of the importance of recycling, and this is exactly what this event did.”