VIDEO: Young litter pickers clean up at Wellingborough park

This team of young litter pickers left the classroom behind to help clear up rubbish left in their local park.

Pupils from Park Junior School, Wellingborough, rolled up their sleeves and armed themselves with litter pickers and bin bags at Eastfield Park in the town today (Thursday).

Aleyah Sazzad, 9, and Emma Cox, 9

Aleyah Sazzad, 9, and Emma Cox, 9

In just half-an-hour, the 24 pupils from Years 3 to 6 filled numerous bags with litter strewn across the park, including pieces of wood, dozens of cigarette ends, sweet wrappers, crisp packets and even half a shoe.

The clean-up initiative was the idea of eight-year-old pupil Thomas Whitworth.

Headteacher David Tebbutt said: “Thomas came to me and said that he was most concerned about the amount of litter around our school building and our environment.

“We contacted Wellingborough Council who put us in touch with Norse.

Park Junior School pupils at Eastfield Park

Park Junior School pupils at Eastfield Park

“They came out to do an assembly and talk to the children about litter.

“The support we have had from everybody is great.”

Following the assembly, Norse provided the pupils with litter pickers, bags and gloves and they went out to Eastfield Park this afternoon to clean up as much of the rubbish as they could.

Thomas said: “Somebody has got to clean it up.

“It is unsafe, unhygienic and unhealthy.”

Fellow pupil Sidhi Khakhar, seven, said: “I am impressed that Thomas came up with the idea.

“There’s an awful lot of litter.”

Once all the litter was bagged up, Mr Tebbutt praised the children for their efforts.

Senior support officer for Norse, Mark Reneerkens, added: “We would really like to thank the children for their efforts and their enthusiasm.

“Hopefully they can go out and pass the message on to their family, friends and classmates.”