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Pupils at Fenland village school get the litter picking bug

A new litter picking club has been set up at Murrow Primary Academy, with help from the village’s dedicated Street Pride group and Fenland District Council.

The school approached Murrow Street Pride with the idea as so many of its pupils were already attending the group’s community litter picks around the village with their parents.

Now the children can help keep their school grounds and surrounding area clean and tidy too after being given equipment to help them on their way.

Murrow School has launched a litter picking club. (31483141)
Murrow School has launched a litter picking club. (31483141)

Fenland District Council, which co-ordinates the district’s 18 Street Pride groups, provided them with hi-vis Street Pride vests, children’s litter pickers, gloves and rubbish bags.

Headteacher Mrs Ruth Bailey said: “We are a small village school, which is striving to become even more engaged with the local community. Our children learn about the village, invite local residents in, visit the reading café weekly and share our many assemblies with parents, carers and visitors. The opportunity that our Street Pride group and the Fenland District Council have provided to us is appreciated and has caused excitement in school. As soon as our Year 6 children complete their SATS tests, we will be serving the community with our Litter Picking Club. We are so grateful and excited about this new way of serving

our village community.”

Councillor Peter Murphy, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “It’s wonderful to see the fantastic efforts of our Street Pride volunteers inspire future generations to take pride in their community and join the fight against the blight of litter.

“The pupils will help make a big difference to our environment and they should be really proud of what they’re doing. We’d love to see even more schools get involved with Street Pride too. If any are interested they can get in touch and we’d be more than happy to help.”

Diane Cutler, Chairman of Murrow Street Pride group, added: “Our volunteers are delighted to have the opportunity to be involved in helping the children achieve their goals in keeping the community free of litter. The children are the future and as a community group we are happy to offer any encouragement we can to help them become even more aware of important environmental issues.

“We welcome the children, together with their parents, joining us at future Street Pride activities. Hopefully they will retain their interest in looking after the environment not only as children, but as teenagers and adults too. Well done to the children who have volunteered to litter pick and we hope when your club becomes established many others will be encouraged to join you.”

For more information on Murrow Street Pride, including how to become a volunteer and get involved in the group’s new projects, email: murrowstreetpride@gmail.com or visit its Facebook page (Murrow Street Pride Group).

To find out more about setting up a litter picking club at a school, or a new Street Pride group, contact Rebecca Robinett, the Council’s Street Pride co-ordinator on: 01354 654321

or email: rrobinett@fenland.gov.uk

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