WORMS may not seem the obvious route to saving the planet, but schoolchildren in Hounslow, Isleworth and Chiswick are now keepers of the secret of how our wriggly friends might help us live greener lives.

St Mary's Catholic Primary School in Isleworth, Orchard House School in Hounslow and Belmont, Cavendish and Grove Park primary schools in Chiswick all took part in a programme aimed at encour-aging eco-friendly living.

The project, which was sponsored by Chiswick Park Enjoy-Work, included a series of field trips between March and May.

The children were taught about the importance of caring for the local and global environment.

Students were introduced to methods for recycling and waste disposal used at Chiswick Park as well as to the business site's Wormery, where they learned about worms' role in the recycling process.

Creative and artistic activities, like making a bees' out of drink bottles, were also used to teach fun methods of recycling.

An environmental goodie bag was given to the children at the end of each day, while each school was presented with a junior wormery.

Organisers hope that students will take what they learned home to their teachers and parents.

Fran Goddard, community manager at Chiswick Park Enjoy-Work, said: "We hope this special programme of activities will educate children about minimising the amount of waste being buried in landfill sites and the importance of recycling in everyday life."