YOUNG environmentalists from two North-East schools have pulled together to clean up their community.

Year 5 pupils from Middlestone Moor Primary Academy and Year 7 pupils from Whitworth Park Academy, both in Spennymoor, teamed up with staff from their schools’ parent Trust, the Advance Learning Partnership (ALP), to conduct a litter pick of their town.

The 27 pupils and staff were joined by Durham County Council’s anti-litter mascot, Tidy Ted, five members of County Durham Fire and Rescue, and local councillors Liz Maddison and Billy McAloon.

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Julie Gibson, ALP’s Lead Health Advocate, who helped organise the joint effort through her role as a County Durham Community Champion, said: “At ALP, we recognise that our schools are vital parts of their local communities.”

“It’s important to find opportunities like this to forge links with our communities, because we have a vested interest in supporting the communities where our pupils and staff live and learn, and we want to do more to reinforce those connections.”

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Together, the team bagged 23 sacks of discarded rubbish as part of Durham County Council’s annual Big Spring Clean Campaign.

“The Big Spring Clean is a great activity to get staff and pupils involved with,” added Julie.

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“It’s just good to show young people the real benefits of volunteering their time, and the impact it makes in our local communities. I hope it gives them another reason to be proud of their hometown.”

The schools were provided with litter-picking equipment by the Durham County Council Litter Free team, and Julie is keen to make the most of the loan by organising future litter picks across the area.