BOTTLE tops, toilet roll holders, puzzle pieces, yoghurt tubs, tin, and paper have all been used to magical effect to create “Christmas Trees of Green” at Ballito Junction Regional Mall. Shakaskraal Primary School staff and pupils were all smiles when they received news that they had won the Christmas Tree of Green inter-school competition, held by mall. The centre challenged local schools to decorate trees provided by Ballito Junction using recycled goods and handmade, repurposed decorations with each tree having its very own unique festive theme. The competition drew enthusiastic participation from Ashton International College, Shakaskraal Primary School, RA Padayachee Primary School, Trinity House, Curro Mount Richmore, Eco Kidz and Curro Castle, Umhlali Preparatory School, and Crawford North Coast. Shakaskraal created a tree with the unique theme “My South African Christmas” using recycled goods and handmade, repurposed decorations. One striking feature of the tree was the message of hope to South Africa, which was quite evident in the creation of decorations and material. The school won gift cards to the value of R10 000 from the mall.Acting principal P Govender was elated with the good news, which coincidently falls in with the milestone of celebrating the 90th anniversary of the school. He praised his governing body and staff, pupils, and parents for their contribution, saying: “This was as a result of a great team effort.”CEO of Ballito Junction Regional Mall Geraldine Jorgensen, said: “We are absolutely delighted by the response to our competition and the creativity and resourcefulness shown by our young participants. “Through this project we really wanted to get our community thinking about how less can really be more and how reinventing old and discarded materials can give them a new purpose which is good for people and the planet. “The ‘Christmas Trees of Green’ project has shown us the genuine concern learners have for our environment and how even the simplest artistic endeavour can be used in the service of a good cause. Watching the trees transform and come to life has been truly inspiring and we hope that it inspires our shoppers too, especially at this very special time of year,” she said.