GREEN-fingered pupils have been getting their hands dirty to brighten up their community.
Pupils from Fulwell Junior, Fulwell Infant and Hylton Castle Primary Schools have joined forces with the council’s Responsive Local Services team to do their bit to help improve the areas where they live with a bulb planting and stream clean up.
The work is part of Keep Britain Tidy’s national Love Where You Live campaign, which Sunderland City Council is supporting. The campaign is a three-year drive which aims to encourage people to take pride in their own communities and help to look after their environment.
A Community Chest grant of £500 from the North Area Committee was put to use to help brighten up land on Dene Lane in Fulwell.
Year 6 pupils from Fulwell Junior School joined Fulwell Infant School pupils to plant 2,000 mixed daffodils and 1,500 crocus bulbs. The flowers will bloom in spring next year.
Carole Caroll, headteacher of Fulwell Junior School, said: “It’s really important that our children take pride in the area where they live and that they show everyone else in the community just what Fulwell means to them.
“They have been really excited to take part in the bulb planting. They can’t wait to see the flowers bloom but we’ve explained they’ll have to be a little bit patient for now.
“I am delighted at the example they are setting to others and we are extremely proud of their enthusiasm for improving their community.”
Wendy Angus, headteacher of Fulwell Infant School, said: “This is a fantastic project for the children to be involved in. The school is proud to be part of the community in Fulwell and it’s a great opportunity for us to show people that we care about the area we live in.”
The Love Where You Live campaign was launched in September this year with a week of action across the city which saw more than 800 people volunteer to take part in a number of activities aimed at improving their communities.
In Hylton Castle, pupils partnered up with the Responsive Local Services team and the River Wear Trust to clean up the stream which runs through Hylton Dene.
The group of 30 pupils from year six helped to clear bags of litter and debris from the banks of the stream.
Elaine Armstrong, headteacher of Hylton Castle Primary School, said: “The Love Where You Live campaign is a fantastic idea to get people involved in looking after their own communities.
“The children have been thrilled to get out in the fresh air and really muck in to help clear litter away. It’s great to see them really showing that they love where they live and we are delighted that the school has been able to show its commitment to the campaign.
“Clearing the stream will also help us to create a better wildlife area for the study of life cycles and habitats.”
Coun James Blackburn, City Council Portfolio Holder for Attractive and Inclusive City, said: “The Love Where You Live campaign is still in its infancy but already we are seeing all kinds of different groups across the city really embracing it.
“It’s really important that people work together to look after their own neighbourhoods.
“The pupils from Fulwell Junior, Fulwell Infant and Hylton Castle Primary Schools have set a fantastic example to others and I am sure everyone who lives in their communities will really appreciate their efforts.”