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"Eco warrior" kids spring clean park

Wednesday, September 19, 2018   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: environmental health, waste, children, parks

Christchurch City Council Newsline: 18th September 2018

They might be young but they’re passionate about looking after the environment, starting with their local park.

A group of children from Oaklands School and Aidanfield School, have taken part in a clean-up day at Westlake Park in Halswell during Keep New Zealand Beautiful Clean-up Week.

They were joined by 10 pre-schoolers from Wales Street Kindergarten in picking up rubbish. Christchurch City Council Park Ranger Amanda Black and other Council staff helped supervise and Sandra Wallace from Birds New Zealand spoke to the children about wildlife living in the park.

Two Oaklands School students helping clean up Westlake Park with Park Ranger Amanda Black.Christchurch City Councillor Anne Galloway has been meeting with children from Oaklands School, Aidanfield Christian School and Seven Oaks School as part of a Junior City Council group to foster their interest in local government and the democratic process.

The Junior City Council came up with the clean-up idea and last week they were granted $400 from the Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board to help achieve their other goals.

Ms Galloway joined the clean-up, and said it was fantastic to see young people getting involved with their local community.

“These kids have real dedication and they’re well informed about the problems caused by plastic and other rubbish. It’s great to see them putting their time and energy into their local environment in this way.”

Oaklands School Deputy Principal Caroline Martin said the day was a big success. “The children from Oaklands who took part belong to a group called the Eco Warriors which has been meeting every week since March this year. They’re very passionate about the environment and they walk through Westlake Park on the way to school so they feel a really strong affiliation with it.”

The children are keen to design a sign informing visitors about wildlife in the park and how they can be protected by reducing pollution in the area. They would also like to make the park rubbish free so visitors take their litter away with them.

 All of the rubbish collected will be audited by the children so they can identify where it is coming from.

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