Last week, the staff and pupils at Bradley Green Primary Academy in Newton, Hyde wanted to play their part in creating cleaner and brighter surroundings around their area by taking part in the Great British Spring Clean – part of the ongoing ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ campaign.

The campaign calls on #LitterHeroes to help improve the environment on their doorstep.

With the help of local housing association Jigsaw Group and their CleanCare team, the pupils rose to the challenge and collected 40 bags of rubbish which included an old kitchen sink! The litter was then sorted so that it could be recycled and safely disposed of by the CleanCare team.

Councillor Peter Robinson also joined the children on the day to raise their Green Flag in recognition of the school’s Eco status as part of the largest environmental schools programme in the world, Eco Schools. The scheme is designed to give power to pupils by increasing their environmental knowledge in order to improve the school environment amongst other things.

By meeting these criteria a school was awarded the ‘Green Flag’ status.

Vicky Cameron, Head Teacher at Bradley Green comments “We’re proud of the fact that we’ve been an eco-school for over 10 years and have retained our Green Flag status. This links us closely with the community in which many of our children live, so by taking part in campaigns like this, we hope the children will see the bigger impact and continue their learning in the wider environment. ‘

The event was organised by Emma Turner, who as well as being a nursery teacher, is the eco-coordinator for the school. “It’s great to see the children involved in activities like this and really making a difference to their community”.

She added “As well as learning about the environment, and global issues, they also develop as individuals, cultivate a team spirit and realise the responsibility they have to the planet for future generations.”