YOUNGSTERS at a County Durham school have begun weekly litter-picks in a bid to clean up their town.

Pupils at Teesdale School, Barnard Castle, launched the project after taking part in Litter Free Durham's Big Spring Clean campaign.

Gerald Lee, chairman of Litter Free Durham, outlined the campaign's aims during a recent visit to the school.

Since starting their own clean up campaign, the school's students say they have been shocked at just how much rubbish there is in hedges and on roadsides and pavements.

Several have since joined the school council and the litter pickers are to raise awareness of their efforts with a stall at the school's Big Breakfast Bazaar at the Parish Hall, in Newgate, on May 18, when they hope to encourage others to join in the clean-up.

Co-Principal John Southeran said: “We are proud of the way our students take responsibility for the environment and are especially pleased with the initiative shown by these students to contribute to their own locality.”