BUDDING artists in north Durham are being challenged to put their skills to the test to help tackle litter.

Children in years five, six and seven at schools in Stanley are being asked to design an anti-littering poster to be displayed on bins around the area.

The challenge has been set by Durham County Council and Stanley Town Council as part of a joint effort to encourage people to dispose of their litter responsibly.

The youngster whose design is chosen as the winner will receive an MP3 player and £100 worth of shopping vouchers for their school.

Helen Douglas, who works for the council, said: "We’re asking youngsters to come up with a really eye-catching design that will make people think twice about littering. It’s a chance for youngster to make a real difference in their community.

"We have held similar competitions elsewhere in the county and the standard of entries has been very high. I’m sure the young people of Stanley will not disappoint us either."

Entries should be sent to Helen Douglas, senior pride officer, Streetscene North, Neighbourhood Services, Morrison Busty Depot, Annfield Plain, Stanley, DH9 7RX.

For more information email helen.douglas@durham.gov.uk or call 07795-826-265.

The closing date for entries is Friday, February 12.