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Students’ survey of path finds dog mess and litter

STUDENTS at Felpham Community College put their best feet forward to join a national walking challenge.


Co-ordinated by the college’s student council and spearheaded by year 7, students in all key stage 3 year groups were encouraged to walk to school on March 11-15, as part of the Free Your Feet Challenge.


The children taking part tracked how long it took them to get to and from school and handed in their tracker at the end of the week. Everyone who took part in the initiative was entered into a prize draw to win a £50 shopping voucher.


Following on from the week of tracking, a group of year 7 students completed a walking audit, looking at one of the difficult routes to school.


A representative from Living Streets completed this audit with the students, looking at the difficulties they may have on the journey and taking photo and video footage.


Year 7 leader Rachel Greenland said: “Our student council has been involved with a number of initiatives to help improve school and community life. This is a great example of our students getting involved to help improve the local environment and also encourage each other to get active and walk more.”


Two of the year 7 students who were involved, Tallulah Powell and Adam Francis, said: “We looked at one of the routes which students have highlighted as difficult – the pathway leading from Downview Road in Felpham through to the pathway that links to the school grounds. We had to see what the hazards were and what could be done to make the pathway nicer and safer.


“We highlighted how overgrown some of the pathway was – how it was difficult to walk down in areas due to the bushes and stinging nettles.


“We decided that there should be a bin for litter, and more than one dog mess bin as there was litter and dog mess down the pathway. It would be much easier to travel down if it was made wider by having the bushes cut back and would be more pleasant with no litter or dog mess.


“It is not just our students who use the pathway, primary school students and the local community use it a lot as well, so it is nice to think we might be doing something to improve the walkway for everyone. The Living Streets lady said she would be contacting the county council with our findings and suggestions on what can be done.


“It was a good activity to be involved in and hopefully we can help make a difference.”

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