Pupils become ‘litter warriors’ in anti-litter fight

School pupils across the district are taking on the litter louts thanks to free education sessions funded by Wychavon.

More than 500 children have already taken part in Covid-19 Secure outdoor anti-litter sessions since the scheme launched in mid-March. They learn about why littering is anti-social, the damage it does to the environment and the risk it poses to wildlife.

Pupils also take part in a litter pick with an added challenge to hunt out the oldest bit of litter they can find. The prize so far goes to a pupil at Abbey Park Middle School in Pershore who found a crisp packet dating back to 1981. 

Pupils from Abbey Park Middle School in Pershore where a crisp packet dating back to 1981 was found.

Teachers are also given a lesson plan to run follow-up sessions and are encouraged to sign up for the Wychavon Adopt a Street volunteer litter picking scheme, so pupils can continue to keep their community clean and tidy.

The sessions are run by local company Little Litter Warriors and funded as part of Wychavon's anti-litter campaign. Every school across the district will be offered the chance to host at least one session per class every year.

Pupils from Cleeve Prior Primary School cleaned up after taking part in one of our litter prevention sessions.

Sharon Casswell, Client Services Manager for Wychavon District Council, said: "It is fantastic to see so many children getting involved in learning about the damage littering causes and doing something about it by signing up to become part of our Adopt a Street volunteer litter picking team. They are setting a fantastic example to others who I hope will be inspired to follow their lead and start putting their rubbish in the bin."

Karen Blanchfield, Director of Little Litter Warriors, said: "This is an exciting opportunity educating pupils through schools on the impact of litter pollution. As a litter heroes ambassador for Keep Britain Tidy, I am passionate about educating children on why they should take individual responsibility with their litter decisions and why it is important to dispose of this litter responsibly.

"The litter pick practical sessions are a great way to engage the children in a fun outdoor litter hunt that brings to light just how long a piece of litter has remained in the environment. The teacher classroom sessions allow the children to share their ideas on how they can implement Wychavon's Adopt a Street initiative to help manage the litter around their school community. I am delighted to be working with Wychavon who are investing in the environment for future generations."

Schools in the district can book their free session by visiting www.wychavon.gov.uk/littering and following the link.

Pupils from Upton Snodsbury C of E First School took part in one of the sessions and are now part of Wychavon’s Adopt a Street scheme with a commitment to look after the footpaths around the school.
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