More than 70 excited, environmentally conscious pupils from Crumlin Integrated Primary, Gaelscoil Gleann Darrach and St Joseph’s Primary, collected a staggering 34 bags of rubbish when they recently embarked on a ‘Big Spring Clean’ litter pick of Crumlin residential areas and Crumlin Glen.
The day began with a guided tour of Tesco by Jacqui Mitchell, Community Champion, where the children learnt how Tesco recycle their waste.
This was followed by a talk from Antrim Council’s Borough Warden, Paul Chapman, on why people shouldn’t litter as it has such a negative impact on the community and the environment.
Maeve Stewart, grandmother of one of the school children who took part, volunteered on the day.
She said: “I thought it was an excellent idea. If we teach the children to be proud of where they live when they are young and not drop litter, then hopefully it will stay with them. We had a lovely morning and it was great to see all the schools working together and enjoying themselves.”
The schools registered for ‘The Big Spring Clean’ with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and participation in the event will be counted towards their Eco-Schools Green Flag Award.
They will also be planting new trees, scattering wild flower seeds and creating community garden patches for all to enjoy but they can’t do it alone!
They also need the help of the local Crumlin community.
So, if you’re green fingered, interested in gardening, have a few hours to spare or have an environmental project in mind why not get in touch with Antrim Borough Council’s Volunteer Facilitator for Crumlin, Fiona Kidd on 028 9446 3113 Ext: 1328 or email Fiona.firstname.lastname@example.org