Little litter-pickers clean up in Chapel-en-le-Frith

A group of toddlers dressed in hi-vis vests and armed with dinosaur litter pickers are tackling the litter problem in Chapel-en-le-Frith.

By Lucy Ball
Monday, 19th April 2021, 9:11 am

The High Peak Mini Litter Pickers are on a mission to clean up their town and make it a nicer place to live.

The group was set up by Francesca Bowers who is on maternity leave and spent a lot of her time walking and it was then she noticed just how much litter was on the side of pavements or in hedges.

She decided to do something about it so reached out to her mums group to see if other children wanted to get involved.

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The High Peak Mini Litter Pickers who sat down for a well earned rest after tidiying their streets and the park

The 32-year-old from Manchester Road said: “When you start to see the litter and the rubbish its all you can see and once you have started looking for it you realise how bad it is and as no one could do anything apart from go walking and be outside there seems to be litter everywhere.

"I think if children pick up good habits when they are young and understand how things like dropping litter affects the place they live in, I think it stops the problem creeping in when they are older.

"I wanted to do something about it and get my little boy and his friends involved in tidying up where they live.”

Some of the little litter pickers

High Peak Borough Councillor Kath Sizeland was contacted about the new group and provided hi-vis jackets as well as pickers with dinosaur heads on.

Francesca said: “My fellow mum friends have all taken their little ones out litter picking on their own but we also arranged to litter pick together.

"We all walked from our own houses to the park tidying as we went and then tidied up the park when we got there. The little ones all looked so cute in their little hi-vis jackets and they are starting to understand its not good for the animals if people drop litter and they are so excited to be part of it.”

The little ones range from three to five and taking part were Albie, Jasper, Reuben, Millie, Jesse, Arlo and Ayda who all worked hard.

Two mini litter pickers had a some fun while tidying up

To follow the adventures of the High Peak Mini Litter Pickers find them on Facebook.