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School launches litter pick campaign

Youngsters at a Fenland school have begun monthly litter-picks in a bid to help clean up their town.

Peckover School litter pick

Pupils at Peckover Primary School in Wisbech launched the project last week in partnership with Fenland District Council's Street Pride team.

Children on the school council came up with the idea of doing litter-picking after becoming increasingly unhappy about the amount of rubbish dropped around the school.

The council's Street Pride co-ordinator Rebecca Robinett and Street Scene officer Gemma Newell were then invited to give a whole school assembly focusing on litter and what they could do to help.

Rebecca and Gemma then joined the school again as its debut litter-pick was held on Friday, April 28.

Year 6 children filled several bags with rubbish collected from pavements, footpaths and hedges around the school and surrounding area, with their hi-vis jackets, gloves, pickers and bags being supplied by the council.

The school will now run the litter-pick project itself, with a different year group taking part each month. The equipment has been loaned to the school for the duration of its project.

Rebecca said: "It's wonderful to see children taking an interest in their environment and making a big difference to their local community. They should be really proud of their efforts.

"We'd love to see even more schools get involved with Street Pride too. If any are interested they can get in touch and we'd be more than happy to help."

For more information contact the Street Pride team on: 01354 654321

Article added: May 4, 2017