Children pitch in for field’s litter clean-up

A huge community effort was organised to help clear Johnno's field and surrounding area of rubbish. Pictured are the pupils from Barrowcliff and Northstead who helped clean the sites with adult volunteers from the area. Picture Dave Kettlewell. 112806'11/07/11
A huge community effort was organised to help clear Johnno's field and surrounding area of rubbish. Pictured are the pupils from Barrowcliff and Northstead who helped clean the sites with adult volunteers from the area. Picture Dave Kettlewell. 112806'11/07/11

DOZENS of local schoolchildren pitched in to clear litter from a field in Barrowcliff.

The pupils from Northstead and Barrowcliff Schools were joined by representatives of Yorkshire Coast Homes, Sanctuary Housing, Wreyfield Church and St Mark’s Church for the clean-up of Jonno’s Field.

The event was organised as part of the My Barrowcliff initiative, and saw several bags of rubbish collected in just an hour.

Tom Mutton, local project manager for Groundwork North Yorkshire, said: “We thought it would be a good idea to get everyone together and it went really well.

“We cleaned up lots of rubbish including an old bed as well as the usual tins and rubbish.”

Those taking part in the clean-up were given specific materials to collect, and where possible they were recycled.

As part of the redevelopment of the area, there are plans to redevelop Jonno’s Field, and applications for grants will be submitted.

Mr Mutton however promised that the area would remain an open space for the community, and said any new additions would enhance its natural charms.

Improved access, habitat management, trees, shrubs and bird boxes could all be installed, he said.

He added: “The children really enjoyed the clean-up and were really keen to get involved.

“They always enjoy getting their litter pickers out.

“We had a good tidy and they got some clean air, but hopefully in the longer term it will teach them not to drop litter when they get older.”