Young Leeds urban rangers muck in

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School children showed off their green credentials as they helped to make their community blossom.

Youngsters at Castleton Primary School, in New Wortley, have mucked in to help transform their school and neighbourhood.

Pupils have created their very own vegetable patch and created a nature-inspired urban gateway to help spruce up where they live.

Over the space of ten weeks the team of urban rangers helped to create bird feeders, pick litter and carried out a survey on the Clyde Estate to pinpoint things that needed to change in the community.

And their eco-friendly efforts have been celebrated by local MP Rachel Reeves and representatives from Groundworks and Mears.

They were presented with certificates for their growing credentials.

Acting headteacher Andrea Riley said: “This has had a really positive impact on the children and it has worked on lots of different levels.

“A lot of children said this club has helped them to mix with people they wouldn’t normally mix with.

“And one little girl said she has set her own garden up at home as a result of this.

“The children have been fantastic and they have shared with others what they have learned.”

The school’s urban rangers scheme was established following a public meeting last year to tackle concerns about their neighbourhood.

The school handed out more hundreds of surveys last September to the community and parents to help them find out what issues were having an impact on their lives.

They claim the results from the questionnaires show residents are worried about crime.

Ms Riley said:“This is all linked back to a community meeting that was chaired by Rachel Reeves in a bid to create more positive outcomes for children and young people in the area.”

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