Crafty pupils stub out cigarette litter

Pupils from Northfold CP school and volunteers from Care for Cleveleys install ashtrays on Victoria Road West
Pupils from Northfold CP school and volunteers from Care for Cleveleys install ashtrays on Victoria Road West
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Children at a Cleveleys primary school put their creative skills to work to help rid the streets of cigarette ends.

Northfold Primary School pupils used old bottles to make recyclable ash trays to be placed around Cleveleys town centre, where they will be emptied frequently by volunteers from environmental group Care for Cleveleys.

Pupils from Northfold CP school and volunteers from Care for Cleveleys install ashtrays on Victoria Road West.  Pictured are Brenda Swallow and Maria Farrar.

Pupils from Northfold CP school and volunteers from Care for Cleveleys install ashtrays on Victoria Road West. Pictured are Brenda Swallow and Maria Farrar.

Teaching assistant Julie Ellershaw said: “Care for Cleveleys are a local group of volunteers that keep the streets of Cleveleys clean and looking inviting for visitors and the local community. We meet with them once a month, go down to Victoria Road with litter-pickers, and the children go up and down picking up litter and cleaning the flower beds.

“The children noticed that the main culprit for litter was cigarette ends.

“Quite a lot of people stub them out and throw them in the flower beds or outside the shops. We are trying to find a solution to that.”

The sand-filled ash trays were put in place in flower beds on Victoria Road this week.

Julie said: “We want to get the word out so that people in Cleveleys know what they are there for.

“The children are really enthusiastic. They enjoyed making the bottles and designing labels for them.

“We are going to be making more recyclable ashtrays and Care for Cleveleys will be going down there to replenish the stock as they need to.”