Sixth form students at Walton Academy, part of the Diverse Academies Trust, took part in a community litter pick on Saturday, 13 November in a bid to help keep our local spaces clean, green and tidy.

The three students, who are all studying in the academy’s Post 16 Centre, gave up part of their weekend to take part in the two-hour litter pick, starting at Wyndham Park visitor centre and travelling down through the park along to Stonebridge Road.

In total, they collected four full bin bags of litter, equating to 23.7 kg in weight.

The students all form part of Walton’s student Eco Committee, and say the community litter pick has inspired them to go on and take on further green challenges within the local community.

One of the students involved, Caitlin Anders, said: “We all really enjoyed doing something positive to support our local community. Amongst the unusual litter we collected on the day was a mixing bowl, underwear and socks. It just goes to show how we all need to be that little bit more responsible and to take action against litterbugs to keep our green spaces clean for everyone to enjoy. This initiative has fired us all up and we will definitely be doing more litter picks in the future.”

Walton post 16 teacher, Mrs Hare, commented: “We couldn’t be prouder of the students involved – they used their own initiative to organise the litter pick and gave up their spare time to take part. These seemingly small actions play a huge role in making our neighbourhoods safer and cleaner, ensuring litter is recycled and disposed of correctly, and even helping preserve wildlife and natural ecosystems. I can’t wait to see which challenge they take on next!”

Pictured left to right: Walton post 16 students Hayley M, Caitlin A, Charlie F and Walton teacher, Dr Edmunds.