Teenagers can roll up sleeves to help council

Anger as one in six children miss out on secondary school places

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TEENAGERS who get bored over the school holidays are being invited to use their energy to help the environment.

Horndean Parish Council is looking for young people to work on conservation projects this summer.

It follows a successful scheme last year, where teenagers spruced up the grounds of Merchistoun Hall.

Tracy Predeth, the parish clerk, said: ‘There is a perception that young people hanging around in the school holidays are idle and unsociable. Those leaving school at GCSE age either have a long period waiting until they go to college or look for permanent employment.

‘The parish council owns and maintains over 150 acres of public open space and six parks and recreational areas and with a staff of four countryside team members it is difficult to make a lasting impression on any of the sites.

‘I saw this as an opportunity to engage with young people.’

For more information visit horndeanpc-hants.gov.uk/seasonal-workers.php

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