Victoria Prentis, MP for North Oxfordshire, travelled around her constituency raising awareness of the anti-litter campaign, the Great British Spring Clean-with the help of a few well known furry friends.
Friday marked the start of the campaign’s flagship weekend, with over 58,000 volunteers spending time litter-picking across the UK. The Great British Spring Clean is an initiative that aims to bring together people to clear up litter across our towns, villages, countryside and coastlines.
As part of the event, Victoria got in touch with schools across North Oxfordshire to tell them about the campaign, and encourage them to participate. She then decided to visit the schools across the constituency who took part in the Spring Clean.
Starting in Bicester, she visited King’s Meadow School to lead an assembly based on the effects of litter on the area, including the impact it has on animals. After this, she went on to meet the eco-warriors at Bishop Loveday Primary School in Bodicote, Banbury. Following a tour of the school she joined in an assembly with the eco club, who had spent the morning litter picking in their local area.
Finally, Victoria had some help from a couple of Wombles at Tudor Hall School, where she delivered an assembly to the year sevens about the effects of microbeads and single-use plastic bottles on our oceans and animals. After the assembly, Victoria, the Wombles and students did some litter picking of their own, armed with bags and gloves.
Victoria said: “It was brilliant to see so many young people enthusiastic about tidying up their local area. The Great British Spring Clean aims to get as many people as possible involved in litter-picking and cleaning up their towns and villages.I was glad to be able to educate young people about the damaging effects of litter, and it was particularly exciting to be joined by two of the Wombles, Orinoco and Uncle Bulgaria.
“I often drive through the constituency and have concerns about the amount of litter left lying about, but it was good to be involved in a weekend of spring cleaning across North Oxfordshire.”