Vinay Manro Councillor and Vice Chairman at Haydon Wick Parish Council yesterday presented Charlie and Callum students at Nova Hreod School with a Community Service Award for their hard work, earlier in the year clearing rubbish around Basil Close play park in Haydon Wick.
In the middle of May the parish council were alerted to some car tyres, metal objects, and general waste which had been piled up by a bin at Basil Close Play Park Haydon Wick.
At first we wondered if this was fly tipping, but it soon became apparent from Facebook comments that two young lads had spent one Saturday morning clearing this rubbish from the hedgerows around the play park.
As their identity was unknown it took some time to locate Charlie and Callum, but through Facebook Haydon Wick Parish officers made contact and arranged with Nova Hreod School to meet them, and present them each with a Community Service Award for their tremendour efforts in keeping their local area clean and tidy.
During the presentation Charlie recalled how hard it was was pushing the tyres up the slope to get it to the bin, and how there was a hedge which was hard to get into, but Callum got through to pick up the rubbish and his jacket got stuck on the branches.
Councillor Vinay Manro praised them both for their efforts, and thanked them for thinking about their local play park, the public and local wildlife.
The majority of the items Charlie and Callum collected you would not expect to find in or around a play park and were likely fly tipped.
Fly-tipping is a serious criminal offence for which The Courts have various powers available to them, including substantial fines and imprisonment. If you see anything Fly tipping can be reported online at www.swindon.gov.uk or by telephone 01793 445500.