Little litter pickers join Peak District clean up

Children have been learning to look after their local environment with the help of a Peak District National Park ranger.

Thursday, 18th July 2019, 11:32 am
Updated Wednesday, 7th August 2019, 2:45 pm
Bamford Pre-School children and staff with Peak District National Park ranger Tom Lewis collected litter from around their village

The youngsters, aged between two and four years old, who all attend Bamford Pre-School, carried out a litter pick around their village led by National Park engagement ranger, Tom Lewis.

The children, who were kitted out with yellow vests and litter-pickers, collected rubbish from around their pre-School in the Hope Valley.

They also picked up litter from the village green and the recreation ground to make the community clean for everyone to enjoy.

Working together, ranger Tom Lewis and the pre-school staff helped the children to understand the importance of taking litter home and being good citizens and all doing their bit to look after the environment and help to keep the local area clean and tidy.

Tom Lewis said the children had impressed him with their work, and they had enjoyed doing the clean up.

He said: “Helping children from an early age to connect with nature and learn about the environment is vital for enthusing the next generation about protecting their local area and community. The children did a great job clearing litter and had a really fun day.”

Pre-school leader Caroline Hunter said helping to take care of the Peak District is important to the school.

She said: “We have the perfect opportunity on our doorstep for the children to explore and learn about the outdoors, and our partnership with the Peak District National Park is very important to us.

“It was fantastic for the children to meet the ranger so that our little ones could find out at first hand why it’s important to look after our local environment.

“The children worked very hard and they have a real sense of pride in looking after their village in Britain’s first National Park.

“Bamford Pre-School is proud to be an active member of the local community and the litter pick is part of this ethos.

“Thank you to all the parents, friends and family who sponsored our litter pick.”

After all their hard work, the children enjoyed a well-earned play at the recreation ground.

Bamford Pre-school is a small playgroup which provides a fun and nurturing environment to help little ones learn through play.