Basildon school children volunteer to litter-pick local community, as council offers £30k in clean-up grants

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A BASILDON school has been given new litter-picking equipment after successfully applying for funding.

A councillor praised the Greensted Junior School for setting up a ‘fantastic’ initiative to keep its community clean.

The school applied for the equipment to be paid for by a £30,000 ‘Clean-Up Fund’, set up by Government in September and administered by Basildon Council.

The fund – which will pay for initiatives to help clean up local communities – is still open for bids, the council said.

Greensted received 20 new litter pickets, plus high-vis jackets and gloves.

The school has its own team of ‘eco-warriors’ – students who come up with ideas to make the school more environmentally friendly.

They volunteer to help keep not only the school tidy, but also the area around the school.

Labour councillor Aidan McGurran, ward councillor for the school, delivered the new equipment last week.

He said he was ‘delighted’ that children at the school had ‘taken a real interest in the environment’.

Cllr McGurran commented: “It is great to see such enthusiasm from the pupils of the school to making a positive different locally, and it is really heartening to see young people taking such a lead in looking after their local environment. They are providing a fantastic example.”

Clare Capper, a Year Six teacher at the school, said: “We work tirelessly on keeping the area in and around the school as clean as possible, but our resources are limited.

“Now, with the brand new litter-picking equipment that we have been given, we are able to safely venture out into the community and begin to make a difference there too.

“Our plans are to go out in small groups and visit local parks and shopping parades as often as we can and complete a litter pick.”

*To apply for funding, email [email protected]

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Charles Thomson

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