Inspirational teenagers clean up litter in Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City

LITTER issues have been highlighted by youngsters taking part in an annual young citizens project.

The group set up ‘Litter Watch’ and started clearing areas in and around the town centres of Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City.

The aim was to highlight the issue among residents, as well as make a practical difference in both towns.

Afterwards they met with officials at the borough council and had their picture taken outside the town hall, off The Campus, in WGC town centre.

Barry Clark, centre manager at Breaks in Hatfield, said: “The young people were all Year 11 students and were taking part in the National Citizenship Service, Summer of a Lifetime programme.

“This is all about developing young people’s potential and enabling them to make a positive contribution to the communities in which they live.

“In this county the programme is delivered by the Youth Connexions Service and supported by the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and the National Volunteers Service.

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“The programme is over four weeks and after completing two residentials of outdoor activities which includes learning leadership skills development, the group has to plan and deliver a social action project.”

This year the Welwyn Hatfield group decided to set up ‘Litter Watch’.

Barry said: “Their aim was to make as much impact as possible, clearing litter from the streets and engaging with the general public on issues of littering.

“Over the week that followed group members were to be seen in both WGC and Hatfield town centres and various large roads leading into the towns and by end of the week the group had made a significant difference to both areas.

“They all worked extremely well and were truly inspirational, were satisfied in the knowledge they had achieved some good results and have decided to continue with ‘Litter Watch’ for the foreseeable future.”

He added: “We would like to thank Welwyn Hatfield Council and the Community Housing Trust for their support and to remind residents of the ‘Adopt a Street Scheme’ run by the borough.

“Litter is everyone’s issue!”