School litter heroes win green award

Northfold School pupils with the Costa environment award
Northfold School pupils with the Costa environment award
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A Fylde coast school has been awarded a national prize for its dedication to keeping the environment clean.

Northfold CP School in Cleveleys was among 476 schools and community groups shortlisted for this year’s Community Education Awards.

It was awarded the COSTA Litter Heroes Award for its ongoing campaign to promote environmentalism among its pupils.

Teacher Julie Ellershaw said: “Over the last year we have been working with Care for Cleveleys. We go out once a month to Victoria Road and we do a litter pick. We improve the flower beds. We have had grants for plants in there.

“We have also made recyclable ash trays to stop people throwing cigarettes on the floor.We have had a dog waste project with our council because of the amount of dog mess on the streets, particularly around the school.

“The children have been making posters that the council have judges and made into leaflets that are going to be handed around.

“We are trying to educate the children to keep the environment clean and the impact that it has when they don’t.

“They have been working hard all year and I think it’s well-deserved that they get some recognition for what they have done.

“It started out just a small group of us and slowly more and more children wanted to get involved, and they are coming up with their own ideas to move the project on.”