Six students at Morpeth’s high school have been praised for pioneering a litter-picking initiative.
Amy Hodgson, Kara Frizzell, Amy Scott, Harry Gunn, Callum Kearney and Ryan Lamb have all spent up to 10 hours collecting rubbish in their own neighbourhoods.
They are the first winners of Community Award medals and certificates presented on behalf of Greater Morpeth Development Trust (GMDT) by Coun Nic Best, Mayor of Morpeth.
“For a long time I lived in Hawaii where there is very little litter, which I did not really appreciate until I returned to England and was shocked to see so much rubbish strewn around the streets,” said GMDT volunteer Vanessa Braidwood, who co-ordinated the project along with Victoria Najafi, Student Voice, leadership and enrichment co-ordinator at King Edward VI School.
“The young people we have worked with have shown proven leadership skills by demonstrating what can be done when you stop to look around at your immediate environment and decide it would look a whole lot better if it was not spoiled by litter.”
The initiative was supported by Northumberland County Council, which supplied equipment including hi-viz jackets and gloves.
Hugh Edmundson, GDMT’s environment director, said: “These students are pioneers in spreading a message we hope can be built on over the next few years around Morpeth and that is to protect the fantastic environment we enjoy in and around the town.”