Litter-picking youngsters show community spirit

CLEAN-UP TIME -- some of the children who took part in the litter-pick -- DISPIC NHUD11-2000-1
CLEAN-UP TIME -- some of the children who took part in the litter-pick -- DISPIC NHUD11-2000-1

COMMUNITY-minded children, aged between three and five, gave up some of their summer holidays to take part in a litter-pick at a beauty spot on the outskirts of Hucknall.

The youngsters from the town’s Oceans Day Nursery on Spring Street joined workers from the SureStart Market Place Children’s Centre on Ogle Street to tidy The Ranges — the former Linby Colliery spoil heap which is now a premier open space.

Armed with litter-pickers and high-visibility jackets, the children worked alongside officers from Ashfield District Council.

They collected bags of rubbish ranging from empty crisp packets to takeaway-food containers.

Natasha Blythe, a nursery nurse at Oceans, said: “The children absolutely loved it. It made them realise the importance of keeping things tidy and not dropping your rubbish.