YOUNGSTERS have been taking the lead and picking up the challenge of keeping their community clean.
Children in an area of Burradon were joined by Mayor Linda Arkley and environmental mascot Waldo the Wonderdog in a litter pick.
The initiative, in and around the Bell Grove area, was part of North Tyneside Council’s autumn environment campaign.
Three children – Aimee Nairn, eight, Neve Elliot, nine, and Jade Nairn, ten – had written to Mrs Arkley, telling her how much they had enjoyed taking part in Waldo’s September clean-ups.
And the trio, all from Camperdown, were rewarded on the day with a fruit basket courtesy of supermarket Morrisons.
The council’s environmental services area officer Wayne Young – the brainchild behind Waldo – organised the Up My Street project over three days last week, taking place in areas of Killingworth, Burradon, Wallsend, Whitley Bay, Monkseaton, Percy Main and East Howdon.
Wayne, pictured with the youngsters, said: “Waldo’s clean-ups encourage residents to help the council spruce-up their community, and after our initial litter picks in September, we knew people were keen to get involved.
“Waldo was delighted that Mrs Arkley joined him in one of the events, and it will undoubtedly be the start of a very successful project.”
The campaign runs until November 30, and aims to reduce levels of leaf fall and litter across the borough.
It also includes a challenge for schools to collect as many bags of leaves as possible.
For more information visit www.northtyneside.gov.uk