School children help to clean-up town’s park

Children from Freeman's Endowed Junior School clean-up Bassett's Park, with James Brown and Olivia Camilleri at the front
Children from Freeman's Endowed Junior School clean-up Bassett's Park, with James Brown and Olivia Camilleri at the front

CHILDREN from a primary school cleaned-up rubbish from a town centre park during a litter pick.

Youngsters from Freeman’s Endowed Junior School in Wellingborough teamed up with Wellingborough Council to clear up Bassetts Park on Tuesday.

More than 60 Year 4 children from the school took part in the event and they collected 30 bags of rubbish, including light bulbs, cables, bananas and half a skateboard.

The clean-up was carried out just days after Stevens Fun Fair finished its 10 day-long stay at the venue. The children were helped by environmental workers from Wellingborough Norse.

Earlier this year, 100 Wellingborough Council workers’ jobs were transferred to the Norse Group. The organisation took over the running of council services including waste and refuse collection, street cleansing, cemeteries, public toilets, car parks, the market, environmental enforcement and grounds maintenance.

A council spokesman said: “Thirty bags of litter were collected when children from Freeman’s School cleaned up Bassetts Park this week.

“About 60 Year 4 children took park in the litter pick organised by the school and Wellingborough Norse, the company that carries out environmental services on behalf of the council.

“The clean up was arranged as part of a project the children were doing on littering and the impact it has on the local community and environment. Wellingborough Norse wardens visited the school to give a presentation and the litter pick in their local park was organised shortly after.

“It was a great success and gave the pupils the chance to experience what’s involved in cleaning up litter.

“As well as making the park cleaner for everyone to enjoy, the children got to understand why it’s important to keep areas clean and tidy, and we hope they will take that message back to their families and friends.

“Wellingborough Norse supplied all the equipment and also used the event to promote the ‘no excuses’ anti-litter campaign to members of the public.”