Sunderland school pupils’ mission to clear up park

Children from Richard Avenue Primary School who have been on a clean-up exercise in Barnes Park.
Children from Richard Avenue Primary School who have been on a clean-up exercise in Barnes Park.
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YOUNGSTERS at a Sunderland school are on a mission to clean up a popular park.

The children at Richard Avenue Primary School met with councillors in Barnes Park to talk about the problems with litter.

Chris Bolton, Year 4 teacher at the Hurstwood Road school, said the children had been covering the topic of persuasive writing and decided to write letters to the councillors about the park.

He said they were amazed when they got replies from councillors Michael Essl and Lynda Scanlan who agreed to meet the children, tour the park and listen to their views and ideas.

Mr Bolton said: “We take the children up to the park and most of them live in the area so go a lot with their families and friends and are always complaining about the amount of litter there.

“We take them up there to look for wildlife and things and the children do get annoyed about the litter.

He said the park has had a lot of work done to it and has become very popular, but this has led to more littering.

He said: “This is the first time we have done anything like this and the children were so excited to get letters back from the councillors.

“It really delighted them to think that people had taken on board what they had to say and inspired them to come up with lots of ways of dealing with the problem of litter in the park.”

The children have come up with a range of ideas, including multi-coloured attractive bins to encourage children to bin their rubbish and specially made signs reminding people not to litter.

Mr Bolton said the children are now hoping the council will take on board some of their ideas and maybe put some in place at the park.

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