A SCHOOL in Buckley is holding its sixth annual litter picking event to improve the appearance of the local community while also helping children to learn.

Youngsters from Westwood Community Primary School will be joined on Thursday (October 17) by a number of volunteers in taking to the streets to clear up areas around the town.

Six groups are expected to take part in the litter pick, which will see them clearing up on the school grounds as well as around Buckley town centre, the common, Elfed skate park, and Princess Park playground.

Mrs Jayne Williams, Headteacher at Westwood Community Primary School, said: “This will be the sixth annual litter pick event that is organised by the school’s eco committee.

“It’s all about getting into the community and making a difference to it. The children and volunteers will separate the litter as they pick it up, and then we’ll use the data we gather as a basis for some follow-up work that we’ll do in school.

“The litter pick is part of our science curriculum for sustainability and the importance of recycling, while the children will also compare this year’s data with that from previous years in their maths lessons.”

Children will be given a health and safety talk before they leave the school with their litterpickers and safety equipment. All of the separated pieces of litter will then be suitably disposed of, with as much as possible going into the school’s recycling bins.

It is hoped that the litter picking event, which is free for anyone to attend, will help to improve the appearance of the school grounds, local parks and open spaces in Buckley.