Report by Amy Pritchard, Transformative Movement Tutor, Argent College and Glasshouse College
Blood sweat and tears were shed in our earth day mission to eradicate the litter from our community.
On Thursday 22nd April, Glasshouse College student council organised a community clean up in collaboration with the narrowboat to celebrate earth day. Throughout the day, groups of staff and students were invited in their sessions to participate in litter picking along the canal tow path, assisted by the narrowboat crew who removed the rubbish from the water. Despite only being scheduled for 30 minute trips, most groups were so invested in their task to pick up every piece of litter that they continued for up to an hour.
Members of the public were impressed by our efforts to clean up the environment and gave very positive feedback for the work that was being done. Students also enjoyed learning about the history of the local buildings along the canal and spending time developing social skills and building relationships with one another.
Amongst the items found were a skate ramp, a giant plastic drum, fishing wire and approximately a million dog poo bags! We hope to continue with our efforts to make the local environment a cleaner and happier place with a termly litter pick.