SCHOOL children who want to keep their neighbourhood litter free have been handed a huge boost from a local company.
Ian Noble, the managing director of Wardgroup, was moved to support youngsters at South Walney Infants School after a recent conversation with the headteacher.
Now employees of the business, along with teachers and pupils, are set to hit the streets of Walney in support of the Better Biggar Bank project - a community initiative launched to make the area the best it can be.
They will complete a litter pick using equipment donated by Wardgroup.
Ian said: “I was impressed by the vision the school had adopted for teaching their pupils about the importance of a sustainable environment and its commitment to assisting with the blight of discarded litter and plastic.
“Nancy McKinnel, the school headteacher, had explained to me how the pupils were helping with the Better Biggar Bank scheme and assisting in litter picks on the beach.
“I believe that educating children at an early age to respect the environment in which they live is commendable, and South Walney Infants School were clearly progressive in that respect.
“The Better Biggar Bank scheme is something that is close to my heart as I walk my dog there every day and the work being done by volunteers is inspirational.
“Once Mrs McKinnel suggested we consider supporting the scheme in some way it didn’t take much to persuade us. To tie in two great causes into one gesture and make a contribution to educating the future custodians of the environment was really satisfying.”
Wardgroup takes its environmental responsibilities seriously and the business is committed to minimising the impact it has on the environment.
It has a policy of reuse and recycle when it comes to surplus materials from projects, and goes to great lengths to ensure all excess paint from jobs is fully recycled.
When it comes to energy use, the business has systems in place to actively manage the number of road miles covered by its fleet, while solar panels provide the power it needs to operate, with any excess being sent back to the National Grid.
Ian said: “It is crucial that business and industry embrace the importance of a sustainable future and minimise the impact that everyday activities are having on our environment, both within the community and the wider sphere.
“We all have a shared duty of care for the planet on which we live and businesses must take their responsibilities seriously.
I believe the planet is at crisis point and businesses must ensure that they operate in a professional and ethical manner and never place ‘profits before planet’. We are merely custodians and must ensure that our future generations inherit a liveable and sustainable environment. “
Member of staff from Wardgroup called into the school this week to hand over the litter picking kits and will join the pupils on future outings.
Mrs McKinnel said: “This very kind contribution from Wardgroup will benefit three organisations - ourselves the junior school and also the Better Biggar Bank community group, as we will all share the equipment. High-quality litter pickers are expensive and school could only finance a few. This donation will enable children all to go out as a class equipped with pickers, bags and gloves all donated by Ward Group.
“The desire to keep the area clear has become infectious. People can see how clean and wonderful the area looks at the moment, and they are keen to keep it that way.
“We are a Beach School, a Forest School and we are a Green Flag Eco School. The children are very passionate about the environment and keen to make a difference.”