Twtil and Aberdaron pupils in environmental awareness campaign

Date: 11/03/2020

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Pupils from Ysgol Santes Helen, Caernarfon and Ysgol Crud y Werin, Aberdaron have been busy creating colourful posters to highlight the negative impact that plastics and other forms of litter are having on the environment.

The schools have been working with Gwynedd Council's Tidy Towns scheme to raise awareness of litter pollution in our communities, and also the increasing amount of plastic in our seas and its detrimental impact on marine life.

These colourful posters have now been transferred on to a hard backing by the Tidy Towns team and the signs will be placed around their communities to encourage people to recycle and put their rubbish in a bin.

Councillor Ioan Thomas, who represents the Menai ward in Caernarfon, said: “It's great to see the enthusiasm of the children when they talk about the litter and plastic problem in our environment. It’s this generation that will have to deal with the problems in the future, so we need to do something about it now before it's too late.”

On behalf of the School Council at Ysgol Santes Helen, Katie, Jac and Mikolaj said: “We've noticed that there is litter in the school area, so we've been picking it up. One day we picked up two bags of rubbish!

"We've also had a poster making competition to tell everyone to put rubbish in the bin. We would like to say a big thank you to Jonathan Neale of Tidy Towns for helping us. Remember to look out for the signs - hopefully we will see less litter in Twtil from now on!”

On behalf of the Aberdaron community, Councillor Gareth Roberts said: “It was a pleasure to meet the children of the area once again and to see their involvement in such a praiseworthy campaign. It’s clear to see that everyone in the school has put a special effort into creating such an impressive and colourful poster.

“Thank you also to the Council's Tidy Towns scheme for helping the children to achieve their goal.”                                                                                                                                                                      

Catrin Jones, Foundation Period Teacher at Ysgol Crud y Werin, said: “By using the ‘Mantle of the Expert’ pedagogy, pupils received a letter from the little crab worrying about all the litter on local beaches. After visiting their local beach, the children realised that there were special bins around, but they needed to be drawn to people's attention. The pupils decided that the best way to help the crab, therefore, was to design posters and they were very enthusiastic about trying to solve the problem!”

Councillor Catrin Wager, Gwynedd Council's Cabinet Member for Highways and Municipal, said: "It’s great to see more young people actively challenging adults to become more responsible with their waste - either by recycling it or by placing it in a bin.

“Thank you very much to Ysgol Santes Helen, Twtil and Ysgol Crud y Werin, Aberdaron for their vision and energy to make a difference. It's clear from the designs that we have creative talent here in the county, and it's great to see it being used to raise awareness of such an important issue. Great! ”

Anyone found guilty of littering in a public place can face a court order and a fine of up to £2,500. To report any incidents of fly-tipping, please contact Gwynedd Council's Street Enforcement Team on 01766 771000.

For more information about Gwynedd Council’s Tidy Gwynedd project, contact the team on 01766 771000 or email TrefiTaclusTidyTowns@gwynedd.llyw.cymru

Images:

1 – Ysgol Santes Helen Pupils, Caernarfon with Jonathan Neale, Gwynedd Council; Local Councillor Ioan Thomas and Councillor Maria Sarnacki, Caernarfon Town Council.

2 – Ysgol Crud y Werin Pupils, Aberdaron with Jonathan Neale, Gwynedd Council; Catrin Jones, Foundation Period Teacher and Councillor Gareth Roberts.

2 – Ysgol Crud y Werin Pupils, Aberdaron with Jonathan Neale, Gwynedd Council; Catrin Jones, Foundation Period Teacher and Councillor Gareth Roberts.