Hatfield youngsters encouraged to help stop people littering

PUBLISHED: 11:59 13 February 2017 | UPDATED: 11:59 13 February 2017

Hatfield youngsters encouraged to help stop people from dropping litter.

Hatfield youngsters encouraged to help stop people from dropping litter.

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A competition has been launched for children in Hatfield to design a poster to stop people dropping litter in the town.

The competition is being run by a partnership between Hatfield Library (Hertfordshire County Council), Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, and the ‘Clean Up Hatfield’ volunteers’ campaign.

It is open to all children who live or come to school in Hatfield and are aged between five and 11.

The mayor will present a £50 book token to the winning artist.

Marian Hurle, from the ‘Clean Up Hatfield’ campaign, said: “We are looking for a bright and eye-catching design which we can use to publicise our next litter campaign in Hatfield which runs from April 17 to April 23.

“If we can get our young people involved, the whole campaign becomes much more sustainable for the future.

“The two previous litter pick weeks last year made a big impact – but only two local schools took part and the problem hasn’t yet been solved.”

The closing date for competition entries is March 3.

All entries need to be on A4 paper and submitted to Hatfield Library, in Queensway.

Councillor Helen Bromley, executive member for environment at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, said: “Like me, people all over Welwyn Hatfield young and old take pride in the appearance of our towns and villages, and are frustrated by those that choose to drop litter.

“We at the council do all we can to clear up litter – but we need the help of local people to stop it from happening.

“That is why we’re calling on our creative youngsters to design a poster which can reach out and make people think twice about littering.”

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