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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Key sites in Ulverston cleaned up as children wage war on litter

GREEN-FINGERED pupils restored civic pride to their local area by cleaning parks and gardens in a massive community tidy-up.

GREEN-FINGERED Ulverston pupils restored civic pride to their local area by cleaning parks and gardens in a massive community tidy-up.

The cold weather wasn’t enough to put off students from Ulverston Victoria High School as they removed bags of litter from Ford Park and the Rose Garden on Tuesday.

The school teamed up with the Evening Mail’s Big Clean campaign, with 34 pupils from Years Eight, 12 and 13 taking part in a litter pick at the two sites.

Sharon Birch, who is citizenship co-ordinator at the school, said the school wanted to do its bit for the community.

She said: “As soon as we heard about the Big Clean, we were really keen to get involved with it. It was an ideal opportunity to give our support to the local community.

“We have been looking at environment issues and topics in our Year Eight classes and the sixth form so it is fantastic to do our bit. We thought it was important to raise awareness that our children are having a positive impact on the local scenery.

“It’s surprising how much litter there is about. We thought the parks were very clean but we collected 10 bin bags of litter.

“It soon adds up and just shows why we need to keep these places clean.”

Equipment including litter pickers and gloves was provided by South Lakeland District Council. The Big Clean is also supported by Centrica Energy, Barrow Borough Council and the Lake District National Park Authority.

Groups and schools that have taken part in the Big Clean 2013 include Barrow police, Centrica, Walney National Nature Reserve, Yarlside School, George Romney School, Millom School, and Greengate Infants.

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