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Litter-picker present for Ipswich school

PUBLISHED: 14:35 20 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:04 03 March 2010

PUPILS at an Ipswich school were celebrating today after they were presented with an alternative Christmas present – a state-of-the-art litter collector sweeper.

PUPILS at an Ipswich school were celebrating today after they were presented with an alternative Christmas present – a state-of-the-art litter collector sweeper.

Beacon Hill School's gift was thanks to Ipswich based firm Textron Speciality Products who stepped in after hearing about an environmental recycling project.

The Stone Lodge Lane school has several trees in its grounds – some protected – and the leaves they shed in autumn create a major hazard for some children.

So Neil Hawcroft, head of geography, set up a mini enterprise team of students who will run a composting business and sell the product commercially.

Sweeper and industrial manufacturer, Textron, offered the school one of their latest products – a Ransomes Pathway litter collector sweeper used for pedestrianised areas.

Selina Flynn, Textron's Communications and promotions manager, said: "When the head teacher, David Stewart, contacted us with his proposition we immediately offered our help.

"We are delighted to support this enterprising venture to help provide the children, many of whom are less privileged than others, with a worthwhile learning project.

"It is a perfect example of local commerce working in partnership with a local school for the benefit of the community."

The litter collector sweeper's powerful vacuum will suck up the leaves for the composting project and for the rest of the year will keep the playgrounds and car park litter free.

Mr Stewart, thanked Textron, and said: "This project is more than just a commercial exercise as it induces the students with a respect for the environment together with an understanding of related environmental issues as well as forming part of their accreditation for the Asdan award scheme."


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