Efforts to educate the next generation to be environmentally-friendly now and in the future, have been gathering pace thanks to a special initiative by Hounslow Highways.
Two events hosted by Hounslow Highways, who manage the borough’s streets on behalf of Hounslow Council, have given children from Cranford Primary School, Cranford and St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Isleworth, the knowledge and skills on how they can do their bit for the community around them.
Pupils had the chance to design gadgets, such as self-compacting litter bins, inflatable hi-vis vests and sweeper-gritter combo trucks, while learning the importance of environmental responsibility and safety.
The workshops also focused on learning key skills including leadership, teamwork and problem solving.
Councillor Amrit Mann, Deputy Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “Knowing what is good for the environment is crucial for the younger members of our community, as it will be them who will take this into the future.
“We want to encourage our children to be aware of what is good and bad for the environment and have pride in where they live and go to school. We hope that they will think about not dropping litter and how they can encourage each other to think about the environment.”
Plans are in place for Hounslow Highways to hold more engagement days with Hounslow schools.
Martin Clack, Hounslow Highways Service Director, said: “The tasks given to pupils on these days was to give them understanding on what work goes into litter picking and removing fly-tipping.
“Hopefully we will be able to build a future generation of environmentally-conscious Hounslow residents who take pride in where they live.”
Schools interested in joining the Enabling Enterprise programme should visit www.enablingenterprise.org