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Burnley children give their nursery a spring clean

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Wednesday, 24 May, 2017

Burnley’s youngest litter pickers have rolled up their sleeves to give their nursery school a spring clean.

Kitted up in their new high-vis jackets, pickers and gloves, Whitegate Nursery School toddlers spent time in the sunshine picking up rubbish around their nursery.

The three-year-olds got rid of sweet wrappers, crisp packets, and drinks cartons.

The Burnley Council co-ordinated activity aimed at teaching the youngest residents about the impact of littering and encouraging them to look after their environment.

Joanne Swift, the council’s head of streetscene, said: "We are always really pleased to work with local schools to help keep their communities tidy.

“It’s a great idea to encourage young children at an early age to take care of their environment and hopefully they will remember that into adulthood. It was also an opportunity to show these young ambassadors the impact of dropping litter."

Headteacher at Whitegate Nursery Kay Burke said: "The children were very enthusiastic about sorting out the litter around the nursery and they were incredibly proud of their efforts.

“They have learned to love the nursery grounds and take care of them. The area around the nursery is now cleaner and tidier than prior to undertaking the project.”

The event was part of the council’s recently-launched clean-up campaign which is about promoting more community involvement and ideas to develop local initiatives on the ground. It includes working more closely with the community and ward councillors to carry out targeted clean-up work.

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