YOUNGSTERS from a Scarborough school boosted their green credentials after sprucing up a town beauty spot.
The Year Four pupils from Wheatcroft School donned gloves and armed themselves with litter pickers in a mammoth effort to tidy South Cliff Gardens.
The 34 children were invited to help with the mass clean-up by the Friends of South Cliff Gardens, and helped sow the seeds for next summer’s glorious blooms by filling sacks with discarded rubbish.
Designed to introduce the children to the important message of caring for their community, the visit was hailed a great success by their teacher Faith Coates.
She said: “We have been working with the children to teach them the importance of not dropping litter.
“This was part of a wider topic that we are doing in school called This Is My Life, which is looking at all of the different aspects and features they will face in their lives.”
“They thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the gardens and were really keen to be able to do something to help because many of them spend a lot of time there.
“We want them to take pride in their community and this certainly helped them understand that message but it was also a day about educating them on how to stay safe in the gardens too.”
Miss Coates said the pupils had great fun on the day but were somewhat overwhelmed by the volume of discarded items they uncovered.
She said: “They found quite a lot of litter and were quite surprised about how much there was.
“They were disappointed that other people had not taken the care and the time to put their rubbish in the bin.”
However, she also revealed the litter pick had left its mark on a number of the school’s pupils.
She added: “A number of the children have asked if they can go back and participate in future projects due to the success of this one.”