Schoolchildren from Beeston Fields Primary School have helped make Broxtowe a cleaner and greener place as they joined in with a special litter-picking and tree planting event in Beeston.
The children joined the Mayor and Mayoress of Broxtowe in planting bulbs alongside officers, councillors and members of the Beeston and District Civic Society.
Pupils from year five were at Broadgate Park for the event as part of the council’s Clean and Green campaign.
While the Civic Society planted an oak tree and took part in the litter pick, the children planted two Mountain Ash trees and daffodil bulbs.
The trees are the first to be planted as part of a new initiative to plant 1,000 new trees every year in the borough over the next five years.
Chair of the Leisure and Environment Committee, councillor Shane Easom said: “This event is really exciting because it really shows what our Clean and Green campaign is all about – everyone from all ages and backgrounds doing their bit.
“The campaign, together with our Pride in Parks scheme to invest £500,000 in the borough’s parks and open spaces over the next two years, as well as our tree planting initiative is a fantastic investment in the Borough to ensure we protect the environment for future generations.”
Claire Lindsay, head teacher at Beeston Fields Primary & Nursery School, said: “This project mirrors our own philosophy of caring for the spaces around us and being proud of our community.
“Not only do the children love to take part, they enjoy the satisfaction it brings to see the positive changes they are making; instilling in them an awareness of how important it is that we preserve our green spaces for the future.”
Judy Sleath, from Beeston and District Civic Society, said: “We are very pleased to be part of this initiative. We have in the past and more recently been very involved with planting of trees in various locations.
“We hope also to brighten up the area around the new play park with wall decoration of Butter flies and Bees painted by the children.”