HEBBURN schoolchildren really cleaned up when they took part in a litter pick event at a scenic spot in the town.
Pupils from Hebburn Comprehensive, St Aloysius RC Junior School and Keelman’s Way School joined forces with the local community and councillors to carry out a clean-up at Hebburn Riverside Park.
More than 60 people took part in the two-hour event, which was organised by the Hebburn Riverside Community Group, in partnership with Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle.
Youngsters were particularly keen to clean riverside shrubs and trees, removing as much rubbish as they could find, such as an old mattress, beer cans, plastic bags - and even a bath!
A spokesman for Groundwork said: “A competition was set, with teams competing to find the biggest item of rubbish, the most unusual item of rubbish and the oldest item of rubbish.
“The winning teams received a certificate and a gnome to take back to their schools.” Coun Richard Porthouse, who joined the young litter pickers, said: “There was a fantastic turn-out and a lot of litter and rubbish was removed from the trees, shrubs and grassed areas.
“The students worked really hard, finding an assortment of items, from a bathtub to an old car seat.”
Groundwork received funding from Hebburn Community Area Forum for the clean-up exercise, including money for gloves and other equipment.
Hebburn Riverside Community Group would like to see more people getting involved. Anyone interested can email firstname.lastname@example.org