Havant schoolchildren join volunteers at litter-pick

Back from left, ''Mayor of Havant's consort Andy Cousins, Mayor of Havant Leah Turner and Tara Fisher, a volunteer at Litter Action.Front from left, Daisy Powell, Oscar Tee, Emily Parker, Amber Murray, Keiran Murray.
Back from left, ''Mayor of Havant's consort Andy Cousins, Mayor of Havant Leah Turner and Tara Fisher, a volunteer at Litter Action.Front from left, Daisy Powell, Oscar Tee, Emily Parker, Amber Murray, Keiran Murray.
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  • Now linking with schools to encourage children to keep their area clean
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THE younger and older residents of a town have been making sure it is sparkling.

Tara Fisher, from the voluntary organisation Litter Action, called on the help of schoolchildren to take on litter-picks across Havant.

‘Litter isn’t owned by anybody. Somebody may have thrown it but you can pick up somebody else’s litter to keep the environment clean.

Tara Fisher

So far, pupils at primary schools Front Lawn, St Albans and Riders have taken part in afternoon clear-ups in their school grounds.

Dozens of children volunteered to take part in the events over the summer term.

Ms Fisher, the Litter Action representative for Havant, said: ‘We are an organisation which tries to encourage people to pick up litter and clear up their area.

‘People just drop things and I have no understanding of that.

‘They throw rubbish out of their car windows and onto the motorway. That sort of thing just is not in my make-up.

‘We see these awful packets of food thrown everywhere.

‘It’s a lack of respect for your area – and West Leigh, where I live, is such a beautiful area.

‘It’s a matter of trying to keep Havant clean.’

Mayor of Havant Leah Turner oversaw the litter-pick at Riders Infant and Junior School.

Cllr Turner said: ‘I think it’s a really good idea that from a young age children learn to keep their environment clean and tidy.’

Oscar Tee, six, said: ‘It’s good fun because we get to use the sticks and put the rubbish in the bins. It’s good for the children.’

Ms Fisher added: ‘One thing we always say is be a pal – pick up somebody else’s litter.

‘Litter isn’t owned by anybody. Somebody may have thrown it but you can pick up somebody else’s litter to keep the environment clean.

‘That’s what we’re trying to do and we’re starting with our schools, our estates, with small litter pick groups. It’s very important to do that.’

For more information go to litteraction.org.uk.