A scrooge headteacher has been blasted after banning pupils from sending Christmas cards to help the environment - which he announced in a letter sent to all parents.
Jonathan Mason was accused of 'rank hypocrisy' with his 'Grinch-like' plans to stop children from sending festive greeting cards to one another.
In a letter sent out to 275 parents, the head of Belton Lane Primary School in Grantham, Lincolnshire, asks pupils to only send one card to their entire class.
But angry parents have criticised the move to ban a tradition dating back over 170 years especially in such a 'contradictory' manner.
In a letter (pictured) sent out to 275 parents, the head of Belton Lane Primary School in Grantham, Lincolnshire, asks pupils to only send one card to their entire class
Mr Mason claimed the decision was made after the idea came from several children themselves in a bid to help the environment.
He wrote: 'I have been approached by a number of children recently who are concerned about the impact of sending Christmas cards on the environment.
'Throughout the world, we send enough Christmas cards that if we placed them alongside each other, they'd cover the world's circumference 500 times.
'The manufacture of Christmas cards is contributing to our ever-growing carbon emissions.
Belton Lane Primary School in Grantham, Lincolnshire. Angry parents have criticised the move to ban a tradition dating back over 170 years
'So in order to be an environmentally friendly in school, we will not be having a post box for Christmas cards from this year onwards.
'Instead, can we encourage you to save money and the environment by not sending cards to all of the children in the class individually, but instead if you want to send a card please send one card to the whole class.
'Teachers can then display the cards in the classroom for everyone to see.'
However, the request was not met favourably by some parents of children who attend the school.
One parent, who did not wish to be named, said: 'I know quite a few parents who are upset about this.
Mr Mason claimed the decision was