Trashtag! Children make mark on park

August 30 2019

Pupils have won praise for take a pride in their area

Pupils  have won praise for take a pride in their area

PUPILS at Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School have been busy making sure Kingswood Park is spick and span.
The Year 4 youngsters began a tidy-up campaign by clearing their own school but it generated so much interest they decided to start on the local area.
The group was spotted in action by Kingswood campaigner and chairman of Friends of Kingswood Park, Jim Whittaker, who was so impressed he wrote to the team.
He told them: “It was great to see your happy band of litter pickers from Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School in Kingswood Park this morning. You are spot on with your activity, this will develop a sense of pride in our green spaces in the future generation, well done!”
The litterpick trip was set up after Our Lady of Lourdes received equipment from South Gloucestershire Council as part of a schools' initiative called #Trashtag which encourages young people to become involved in de-littering their community.
Year 4 teacher Cat Gill, who has been supporting the litterpicking team, said the children chose Kingswood Park and the cemetery next door as their mission: “The children have not stopped talking about it since.  They loved it and have a deep pride in and respect for our local area. It’s fantastic to see and I am very proud of them.”
The school is now looking to form a partnership with Friends of Kingswood Park and carry out further litterpicks as well as jobs such as planting and painting.