Local MP Damian Green is encouraging primary schools in Ashford to take part in a poster competition in an effort to tackle litter.
The constituency-wide competition is being run by Kent based anti-litter charity, Litter Angels, which was set up to educate children about the impact that litter has on our local environment. The charity is backed by McDonald’s and Keep Britain Tidy.
Damian Green added:
“Litter is not just unsightly, annoying and sometimes dangerous, it is completely unnecessary. Convincing children that dropping litter is something they should never do will make a huge difference to our roadsides and countryside. I am really keen on this campaign.”
For the first time, Litter Angels is inviting year 5 pupils in every primary school across Ashford to take part in this year’s competition, which will take place during September and October. The theme of this year’s competition is how litter harms the seaside.
Schools that agree to take part will receive a lesson pack in September with instructions on how to enter.
Once all the entries have been received they will then be narrowed down to one winner from each school which will be announced at a special presentation evening towards the end of the year. Each winner will receive a goodie bag containing a certificate, a personalised mug and a copy of the Litter Angels storybook.
One overall winning poster will be displayed in McDonald’s car parks across Ashford and both the school and winning pupil will each win a cash prize.
Gordon Henderson MP, Chairman of Litter Angels, said:
‘Litter is a major issue and so one way of tackling that is to teach future generations the impact litter has on our environment, using a fun and artistic approach, in the hope they will not drop litter and take pride in where they live and play.’