Litterbug hunt is on

Two district councils are running free Litter Bug Detectives Trails for children in 19 sites across southern Oxfordshire, with the chance for schools to win prizes.

The trails are being managed by town and parish councils and follow a successful pilot scheme in four parks at May half term.

The activities, from Monday 9 August to Monday 30 August and organised by South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse councils, are aimed at primary schoolchildren to promote recycling and explaining the damage litter does to the environment.

Each child who takes part will be given a free notebook and pencil and if they get all the answers right, they can reques a personalised Litter Bug Detectives certificate.

There will also be a prize of free litter picking equipment for schools whose pupils take part.

Councillor David Rouane, South Oxfordshire District Council cabinet member for Housing and Environment, said: ‘It’s a word game, it’s a treasure hunt, it’s an afternoon of family fun in the park.

‘The district councils were delighted with the response from families taking part in the pilot project in four parks over the late May half term holiday. It seemed obvious to expand it and we are pleased so many local town and parish councils have been able to host these trails for their residents.’

Councillor Catherine Webber, Vale of White Horse District Council cabinet member for Climate Emergency and the Environment, said: ‘These trails offer the chance for whole families to test their knowledge on waste in a playfully imaginative way.’