Children want to see brook cleaned

Pupils Angel Pursey and Billy Viccars with their classmates from Year 5 and the letters sent to Wellingborough Council
Pupils Angel Pursey and Billy Viccars with their classmates from Year 5 and the letters sent to Wellingborough Council

A class of youngsters put pen to paper to let their local council know they were concerned about the state of a nearby brook.

Children in Year 5 at Olympic Primary School in Olympic Way, Wellingborough, sent letters to Wellingborough Council asking for the brook in Queensway Park to be cleaned up.

Pupil Leah Whitmore wrote that she was “truly disgusted” with the brook and classmate Ayden Tait wrote: “It won’t take much to clean, we just like a tidy environment so wildlife can run free.”

Year 5 teacher Rebecca Holmes said the class had penned the letters as part of a lesson about writing persuasive letters.

She said: “We walked down to the brook and took notes and photographs for evidence and it went from there.

“The children were very pleased with the letters, we have got some on display in school.

“I think they were pleased they were actually going somewhere and it was for a purpose.

“They would really like it to be cleaned up and to be able to go down there and see that it’s been worthwhile.”

John Casserly, head of environment at Wellingborough Council, said he was aware of the problem and it would be sorted out soon.

He said: “We have a team of dedicated people who keep the borough clean but it would help enormously if people didn’t throw the litter in the first place, which is why we run education campaigns and issue fines if we need to.

“We’re really pleased and encouraged that the children have taken this issue to heart, as it shows that they care about their environment.”