Helping to keep our parks clean
Working with local schools to raise awareness of our environment
We have been awarded some grants for improving the state of our parks and have already carried out a community parks clean which involved over 700 volunteers.
Our Art Competition was held to increase the pride and feeling of responsibility towards our environment. Children designed and decorated posters which needed to be eye catching and engaging. The winning designs were exhibited at the Eastbourne Campus of the East Sussex College Group and were also made into metal signs which are displayed around our parks, with the message:
“Thank you for keeping our park clean. Please take your litter home with you”
Tania Long ~ A community and activist artist
Lucy Dean ~ Artist , theatre designer and teacher
Andrew Forrest ~ Chair of the Society of Eastbourne Artists
Judging the winning entries from pupils from the 15 schools that took part was a fascinating challenge. Given a specific brief, the children really put their imaginations to work on behalf of this environmental project. There was great variety of design, with some very skilful drawing, much vivid colour and clever captions, and a refreshing element of wit in putting the point across.
Winning Design by Jude James
A special thank you to . . .
The Mayor of Eastbourne ~ Steve Wallis and his Consort
Eastbourne Member of Parliament ~ Stephen Lloyd
All the media, businesses and organisations that will have helped.
Neighbourhood First ~ Neil Peters for participating in the organisation,
also for donating Chillys Bottles as awards ~ Simon Hurt
PlanAhead ~ Andy Curry
Sussex Community Foundation for the anonymous donation of £3000
Neighbourly for the donation of £800 from the staff of TKMaxx
Eastbourne Lottery “Good Cause” contributions
Waitrose for their Community Matters donation via green token customers: £510
Eastbourne Rotary Club for donating £325 as awards for the Overall Winners
East Sussex College Group, Eastbourne Campus: for hosting, hospitality and curating.
And to all the school children who participated from our local schools
Bede's Prep School
Cavendish Primary School
Oakwood Primary Academy
Ocklynge Junior School
Pashley Down Infants
St Andrew's Prep School
St John's Meads C of E Primary
St Thomas a Becket Catholic Primary School
Stafford Junior School
The Haven School
West Rise Infants School
West Rise Junior School
Willingdon Primary School
What's next ?
We will continue our work will schools and the local authorities to encourage our children to learn about our environment, take an interest and help take better care of our planet.