Corinne Hurn, whose son Samuel is a Year 1 pupil at Manor Fields and was inspired to keep his local area free of litter as part of a school project, was successful in her application to the council’s community grants programme and received £300 to put towards litter picking equipment for the school.
Urbaser, East Herts Council’s waste contractor, has agreed to match the council’s grant and the new equipment will be used at a litter picking event organised by Manor Fields on Sunday 23 May.
Cllr Suzanne Rutland-Barsby, executive member for communities, said: “The community grant programme has enabled us to support a fantastic range of causes across the district and we are pleased to help Manor Fields in their efforts to keep their local area clean and green.”
Corinne said: “The children at Manor Fields and Hedgehogs class, in particular, have been really inspired to help clean up their environment, so I’m very grateful to both the council and Urbaser for providing this funding so we can continue to do more litter picks.”
Chris Minnis, UK Operations Manager for Urbaser, said: “We are delighted to be able to help with community projects such as this and are thrilled to see so many children taking an interest in their environment.”
Mrs Smith, head teacher at Manor Fields School, said: “When we set the ‘February Learning Challenge’ we hoped that encouraging children to spend time exploring their passions and interests would bring some joy into the dark days of lockdown. What we hadn’t anticipated is that one of our pupils would be so passionate that he ended up inspiring his friends and classmates to join him on his mission to clear our local area of litter.
“We are incredibly proud of Samuel and the team of Year 1 eco warriors who joined him in February – and are so grateful that the kind donation of these litter pickers will mean that more of us can now continue the effort. We have our next ‘Great Litter Picking’ event pencilled in for 23 May.”
More information about the Community Grants programme can be found on the council’s website.