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School receives £300 clean-up cash prize

Children at Boston's Hawthorn Tree Primary School know a thing or two about keeping the place clean and tidy - and they have a £300 cheque to prove it.

The youngsters took part in Boston Borough Council's Big Schools Clean-up project - a spin off from the annual Big Boston Clean-up.

They were the winners of a £300 cash prize draw for schools involved in the campaign. Swineshead St Mary's Primary School won the runners-up prize of a £50 voucher donated by Helping Hands which supplies equipment such as mechanical litter-picking tools. They will spend their prize money on something to help improve their school environments.

The schools clean-up has become an annual event ahead of the Big Boston Clean-up and this year six schools took part with 300 children litter picking in and around their school grounds. Over the last four years 1,400 children have joined in.

Together with this year's Big Boston Clean-up more than 600 adults and children removed almost six tonnes of rubbish from the streets, verges, public areas and waterways.

Jen Moore, Boston Borough Council's big clean-up organiser, said: "The children are so enthusiastic and really enjoy getting out and litter picking, this encourages them to think about what they do with their litter and I am certain after taking part they will be more likely to dispose of it properly. I would like to thank all the schools who signed up for the Big Schools Clean-up for letting me and my colleagues do a presentation to the children and for allowing them to go out and get involved."

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School council pupils from years one to six and headteacher Mr Lister receive their prize from Jen Moore, the borough council's environment and sustainability officer