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Schoolchildren help tackle litter problem in Shirley Park

Sarah Mason 2nd Oct, 2018

THE FIGHT against litter has stepped up a gear in Shirley Park thanks to two schoolchildren.

Danny Mills and April Phillips, both aged seven, have designed posters calling on those who use the Stratford Road park to use the bins.

Their creations came after Friends of Shirley Park and the council’s Love Solihull campaign ran a competition after noticing a big litter problem in the park.

The competition asked children to design a poster and entries were whittled down to five and then to the final two.

The Burnams Infant School duo were handed a goodie bag as a prize for all their hard work.

Helena Morrissey, founder and chair of Friends of Shirley Park, said: “Hopefully the posters will make people think what happens to their litter if they simply drop it – there isn’t a magic litter fairy that clears it all up.

“People think ‘I pay the council to pick up my litter’ but more often than not it is picked up by other residents who are simply trying to look after their area and keep it nice and tidy.

“I would like to think that people will listen to a message given by children that littering is not ok.”

Friends of Shirley Park was established last year and the group hold monthly litter picking sessions.

It is in the process of installing some new bespoke wooden planters which it will fill and maintain.

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