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Braunstone schools become Water Guardians

Published on 13 March 2018

SCHOOLS in Braunstone have been taking part in an innovative environmental project aimed at educating children about flooding issues.

The project, called Braunstone Water Flow Guardians, has shown primary school-aged children how carelessly discarded litter can contribute to flooding.

It has been funded by the Environment Agency and delivered by Leicester City Council.

Local dance group Essential Rejuvenation performed at school assemblies across Braunstone, demonstrating how litter can enter a watercourse and the impact that it can have on a community.

They visited Queensmead Primary Academy, Imperial Avenue Infants School, Folville Junior School, Caldecote Community Primary and Braunstone Community Primary schools, as well as putting on a performance for the community at Braunstone Working Men’s Club.

The message will be further reinforced by a series of visits from Leicester City Council’s environmental rangers, who will talk to children about the work they do in the city and what they do with the litter that they find in the water. All of the children will get an environmental game to take home, so that they can discuss littering and its potential effects at home too.

Deputy city mayor Cllr Adam Clarke, who leads on the environment, said: “All too often litter doesn’t go into a recycling bin or waste bin, instead it is discarded irresponsibly in city streets or public open spaces.

“A lot of unwanted litter finds its way into the city’s watercourses and causes blockages. People are aware of the damage that flooding can cause in a community, but it is important that we all understand what we can do to minimise the risk of flooding.

“Young children are especially receptive to lessons about dropping litter and happily share their experiences with other people in their life, both at home and in the wider community, which is why projects like this one can be effective ways to raise awareness and change people’s behaviour.”