Bede’s Prep pupils in Years 3 to 8 volunteered in groups to clean park spaces in the nearby Meads End area, while pupils from the Lower Fifth to Upper Sixth at Bede’s Senior School in Upper Dicker were assigned Five Acres Field.
Mr Giles Entwisle, Headmaster at Bede’s Prep, says, “Having anticipated collecting a fairly small amount of waste, I was surprised by the amount of litter that the pupils managed to uncover and clear away from a relatively small area. Members of the public were forthcoming with positive feedback and the pupils really enjoyed doing something practical to take care of their local environment. Well done to all those who took part.”
Mrs Mary Leggett, Head of Partnerships and Social Responsibility, led the Bede’s Senior School group. She adds, “It was a wonderful morning, and all pupils felt it was such a great and worthwhile event – with many wanting to take part in environmental clean-up events on a regular basis. Members of the public approached the pupils to say thank you and were so appreciative of the pupils’ efforts. It was a very successful day.”
The event followed a Plastic Free Eastbourne workshop at Bede’s Senior School with Sixth Form pupils, focussing on how they could contribute to caring for the environment at the beginning of May.