Litter champs get picking for Clean Up Yorkshire

Some of the pupils at Chickenley Community School on their litter pick. Picture: Gary Longbottom
Some of the pupils at Chickenley Community School on their litter pick. Picture: Gary Longbottom
0
Have your say

KIDS at a Dewsbury school are taking littering seriously - by getting out on their estate and collecting it themselves.

Chickenley Community Champions were doing just that this afternoon, taking time out from lessons, armed with litter picks, to tackle the rubbish hotspots near their school.

Some of the pupils at Chickenley Community School on their litter pick. Picture: Gary Longbottom

Some of the pupils at Chickenley Community School on their litter pick. Picture: Gary Longbottom

Chickenley Community School is the latest to back the YEP’s litter campaign, Clean Up Yorkshire, which is encouraging our readers to hold litter picks throughout June to help clean up Leeds and the surrounding area.

The school’s associate deputy head, Adam Wood, said the children had really taken to their new roles.

“We only started three or four weeks ago but the children are already really passionate about it,” he said.

The school is being supported by Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing, who provided £300 to buy pickers, bags and t-shirts.

Mr Wood said: “The kids have each been given a zone of the estate to look after - and they are already making an impact.

“The idea is that over the next few months, and even years, they will see what a difference their actions have on the community they live in.”

The Campaign to Protect Rural England, partners in Clean Up Yorkshire, believe ingraining the message that littering is wrong while children are young is key to us having a litter-free future. The CPRE’s LitterAction.org.uk website includes a pack from primary schools and information for secondary schools, such as advice on assemblies and lesson ideas.

If you’re school are getting involved in Clean Up Yorkshire email lindsay.pantry@ypn.co.uk

Join us and Pick up a Piece

PICK up just one a piece of litter - and help make the YEP’s anti-rubbish campaign a huge success.

Clean Up Yorkshire has been calling on communities to organise litter picks throughout the month of June - but we want to finish by making as big as difference as possible.

On Tuesday we want everyone to pick up just one piece of litter - and the Campaign to Protect Rural England estimate that if everyone in the region who is able to picks up a bit of rubbish, then 2.5m pieces would be collected in one day alone. If you get involved, tweet with the hashtags #pickupapieceday and #CleanUpYorks.

Speaking out: Andrew Flintoff, pictured playing during the 2005 Ashes series, has spoken about his own struggles with depression. Picture: PA.

#SpeakYourMind: Former cricket star Andrew Flintoff backs YEP’s mental health campaign