Shaw­head pupils tackle lit­ter is­sue

The Galloway News - - FRONT PAGE - Shaw­head Pri­mary

The school teamed up with the coun­cil to find ways of tack­ling the lit­ter men­ace that blights their com­mu­nity.

The com­mu­nity safety team, which has the remit to en­force the laws con­cern­ing lit­ter, dog-foul­ing and fly-tip­ping, was in the area on one of its pub­lic en­gage­ment days.

All the pupils re­ceived a pre­sen­ta­tion on the en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues the team tackle.

They then learned how to con­duct a lit­ter sur­vey sim­i­lar to the one con­ducted three times a year in the area for Keep Scot­land Beau­ti­ful.

The chil­dren also learned that van­dal­ism, graf­fiti and their new word for the day – de­tri­tus – can have a ma­jor im­pact.

De­tri­tus is the col­lec­tive name for soil, leaves, grit and other veg­e­ta­tive mat­ter that gath­ers on roads and pave­ments.

The group then headed round the school grounds to con­duct a sur­vey. On closer in­spec­tion, all agreed the area had mi­nor is­sues with lit­ter, although on a wide vis­ual in­spec­tion, had ac­tu­ally looked clean.

Shaw­head al­ready holds five eco flags and lit­ter is a com­pul­sory sub­ject. With the in­put from the com­mu­nity safety team and the school’s con­tin­ued ef­forts, they are well on the way to num­ber six.

The chil­dren en­joyed the ses­sion and will use their knowl­edge and skills in on­go­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal work.

Busy Jae­lyn and Ava, be­low, are on the hunt for lit­ter

Ready Pupils are armed with lit­ter-pick­ers to tidy their area

Take note Jean­nie, Ab­bie, In­dia and Zurie dur­ing sur­vey

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