Bothal Primary School in Ashington took part in the Great British Spring Clean in early March and collected more bags of rubbish than any other group.

The School has been awarded a super bin for their efforts. The bins are a toolbox for a park or other public area and are a combination of a large covered litter bin, a locked toolbox and a poster frame.  

The Great British Spring Clean is a campaign promoted by Keep Britain Tidy which aims to bring together people from across the country to clear up the litter thrown down by a small minority of people whose anti-social actions can blight our towns, villages, countryside and coastline.

The initiative in the county has been supported by Northumberland County Council and in Ashington the Town Council and Town Team led the clean up efforts as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations. A number of areas were cleaned including Ashington Community Woods, Peoples Park, the town centre and parts of the Hirst.

Ashington Town Council and Town Team worked with Bothal Primary School children and as part of the initiative ran a poster and banner competition which attracted hundreds of entries. Judging was very difficult but the eventual winners were: Ebony-Joan Armstrong who had drawn the best poster and Ethan Collier who created the best banner. Both banners and posters will be displayed throughout the town and each winner receives a gift voucher.

Litter remains a huge problem across the UK, causing harm to the environment and wildlife, with councils in England having to spend over £700 million on street cleaning services every year.

Ashington residents are urged to put their litter in a bin!