Youngsters armed with litter-pickers and bin bags helped give the park near their school a spring clean.
Pupils from Park Junior School took an hour out of the school day to tackle the litter in Wellingborough’s Eastfield Park today.
A total of 24 youngsters from all years at the school teamed up with Wellingborough Norse, the company that carries out environmental services on behalf of the council, for the litter pick.
The tidy-up was organised as part of a Keep Britain Tidy campaign encouraging communities to come together to spring clean their neighbourhoods.
Dean Granger, environmental warden at Wellingborough Norse, said: “Summer’s just around the corner now and with the warmer weather people spend more time outdoors.
“Unfortunately that also means the amount of litter in our parks increases.
“Despite regular cleaning, the littering in Eastfield Park can get quite bad.
“It’s frustrating that it’s the actions of only a small number of irresponsible people that ruins the park for everyone, and that as fast as we can clean it, people who don’t care about the consequences drop more rubbish.
“That’s why a community tidy up is always such a good idea.
“It shows people exactly what’s involved in cleaning up rubbish, gets them involved, and helps them to understand the effect that carelessly discarded litter can have.
“Having the children helping out is even better as they can take the messages back to their families and friends, so that together we can achieve clean, green spaces for everyone to enjoy.”
After collecting rubbish in 20 bags, Mr Granger thanked the children for their efforts and urged them to tell their family and friends about keeping the park clean for everyone to enjoy.
David Tebbutt, headteacher at Park Junior School, said: “We’ve done a litter pick before and all the children were so proud of their efforts when the park was clean.
“Unfortunately, the litter has come back and we know we have more to do to educate people and raise awareness of the issue.
“We want to work together as part of the community to sort this out.
“Our children deserve to be able to play outside this summer in safe and clean parks without worrying about what’s on the ground.”
Pupil Aleyah Sazzad, 10, helped with the clean-up.
She said: “We want to help the environment. People should throw their rubbish away in bins.
“They are living here so why don’t they want to keep where they live tidy?”
Thomas Whitworth, nine, also took part in the litter pick.
He said: “I really don’t think litter is very nice.
“I would like Wellingborough to be a happy, safe and better smelling place.
“I really want people to stop littering.”
Thomas said he often saw litter when walking to and from school, with items including a sofa, glass bottles and even a bag of potatoes dumped in the area.