SCHOOLCHILDREN have given their community a spruce up after taking part in a litter pick.

A total of 52 Year 5 children from Cockton Hill Junior School, in Bishop Auckland, helped scour the streets around the school and bagged a huge pile of rubbish including a bike, metal, glass, bottles and cigarette ends, during the event last month.

The Year 5 children have now completed their John Muir award and the school’s mini police also approached members of the public with dogs and handed out free poop bags.

Headteacher, Nova Talbot, said: “We are so proud of the children in wanting to make a difference to where they live and go to school.

“Children have made recommendations that I will be sending to the council for consideration.”