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ECO INITATIVE: 10-year-old from Bushey completes weekly litter picks to help keep the town clean

 Published on: 15th June 2021   |   By: Lizzie Ellis   |   Category: Uncategorized

A 10-year-old girl from Bushey who is passionate about the environment wants to raise awareness of littering in the area and encourage residents to pick up after themselves.

Every weekend for the past month, Emma, 10, has spent two hours at the former Bushey Golf Club site collecting litter to improve the area and to make sure animals and nature do not suffer.

She is now campaigning to make litter-picking part of the school curriculum and hopes to persuade her teachers to include day trips collecting litter and learning about the environment as part of the school syllabus.

Emma’s mum, Sarah Still said: “Emma has always been really concerned with animals and the environment. 

“During lockdown, we were taking more walks than normal and we had to tell her not to pick up other people’s rubbish because of coronavirus. That’s when we bought a litter picker tool and the collections began.

“Emma is really proud of herself and how consistent she has been with litter picking, it’s very rewarding for her to know she is making Bushey a nicer place to live.”

Emma has also campaigned against the HS2 train company cutting down Jones Hill Woods in Buckinghamshire where Roald Dahl based the book Fantastic Mr Fox was set.

As the weather improves and more people are out enjoying Bushey’s green spaces having picnics, Emma wants to remind residents to be respectful to nature and take home all rubbish.

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