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Video/gallery: Ketchup wrappers and chip forks among the 14kg of rubbish collected from Aldeburgh Beach by school pupils

11:36 21 May 2014

Pupils from Benhall Primay School carrying out a litter pick at Aldeburgh Beach. Left to right, Georgie O

Pupils from Benhall Primay School carrying out a litter pick at Aldeburgh Beach. Left to right, Georgie O'Connor, Tia Felton, and Alice Cosgrove.

Primary pupils “amazed” by the amount of rubbish collected from a Suffolk beach are hoping to transform the unsightly mess into works of art.

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Benhall St Mary Primary School collected 14kg of rubbish - including vast amounts of fish and chip forks and ketchup wrappers - from Aldeburgh beach on Friday as part of the pupils’ project on the coast and its wildlife.

Woodlands Class teacher Katie Jenkins said the children were “absolutely amazed” by what they found and “really passionate” about improving their environment.

“The children were really interested in finding out about why our coast is so special but also very fragile and how it has changed since the storms last year,” she said.

“We decided to go to the beach to find out how much litter there was and also to learn about the local wildlife.

“I think they were absolutely amazed by what they found - you don’t see it so much when it’s spread across the whole beach but when you start bringing it all together it’s quite surprising to see how much there really is.

“They’re really passionate about the litter problem and the impact it’s having on the environment and are keen to go back to the coast to collect even more rubbish.”

Back at school, the pupils sorted through the litter, from food wrappers and cigarette butts to a pair of pyjamas, and arranged it according to which section of the beach it was found - shoreline, tide line or beach.

A report on their findings will be presented the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB, which provided the pupils with the litter picking equipment.

And the rubbish itself will be “upcycled” into statues to feature in a possible art exhibition later this term.

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  • Well done! Benhall Primary school not only have your children provided a valuable service to the community and the local environment I am sure they have benefited educationally from the experience identifying various objects and speculating their origin. I cannot believe anyone would think that this type of outdoor practical learning is worthless. Maybe as a follow up they should investigate the origin of some of the rubbish. I would guess that the local fish and chip shop may be a good plaice to start.

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    easylec

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • I think this was a fantastic day out!! My little boy loved it! Learn't loads of interesting facts and certainly hasn't caught anything nasty yet! Im sure precautions were taken to keep our children safe. Much better than just talking about the problem in a stuffy classroom! Well done Mrs J and Benhall kiddies.

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    ali

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • I would not be happy if a child of mine who was at school to learn went out picking up rubbish that the council should do ,not matter what the teacher say a health problem is there,with children sorting out the rubbish ,

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    pandy

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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