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Manor Fields pupils ready to clean up thanks to litter-picking grants from East Herts Council and Urbaser




Eco-warriors at a Bishop's Stortford primary school have won litter-picking support from East Herts Council.

Samuel Hurn, a Year 1 pupil at Manor Fields in Thorley Park, kept his neighbourhood free of rubbish as part of a school project and his environmental campaign inspired his classmates to do the same.

That prompted his mum Corinne to apply to the council's community grants programme for £300 towards litter-picking equipment for the school.

Litter-pick funding for Manor Fields - Helen Smith (Manor Fields School), Tony Samuels (Urbaser), Cllr Graham McAndrew, Claire Pullen (East Herts). Front, middle: Samuel and Corinne Hurn. (47161709)
Litter-pick funding for Manor Fields - Helen Smith (Manor Fields School), Tony Samuels (Urbaser), Cllr Graham McAndrew, Claire Pullen (East Herts). Front, middle: Samuel and Corinne Hurn. (47161709)

Urbaser, the waste contractor for East Herts, agreed to match the council's grant and the new equipment will be used at a litter-picking event on Sunday (May 23).

Corinne said: "The children at Manor Fields, and Hedgehogs class in particular, have been really inspired to help clean up their environment, so I'm very grateful to the council and Urbaser for providing this funding so we can continue to do more litter picks."

Manor Fields head Helen Smith said: "When we set the 'February Learning Challenge' we hoped that encouraging children to spend time exploring their passions and interests would bring some joy into the dark days of lockdown. What we hadn't anticipated is that one of our pupils would be so passionate that he ended up inspiring his friends and classmates to join him on his mission to clear our local area of litter.

"We're incredibly proud of Samuel and the team of Year 1 eco-warriors who joined him in February and are so grateful that the kind donation of these litter pickers will mean that more of us can now continue the effort."

Cllr Suzanne Rutland-Barsby, EHC's executive member for communities, said: "The grant programme has enabled us to support a fantastic range of causes across the district and we're pleased to help Manor Fields in their efforts to keep their local area clean and green."

Chris Minnis, UK operations manager for Urbaser, said: "We're delighted to be able to help with community projects such as this and are thrilled to see so many children taking an interest in their environment."

For information about the community grants programme, see https://www.eastherts.gov.uk/community-wellbeing/funding-community-organisations-and-individuals.



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