Local primary school children have been doing regular litter picks and beach cleans with the support of Budleigh Salterton Lions Club.

Earlier this year McDonald's in Exmouth donated a 'Keep Britain Tidy' children's set of litter picking equipment to the Lions.

The Lions have been lending the 'Big School Clean Kit' to Otterton Primary School and more recently to St Peter's School. 

Almost every Friday morning since the end of April a different year group of St Peter's School children, together with teachers and classroom assistants, have met up with Budleigh Lions either on the beach or the Green to pick up litter. 

Exmouth Journal: Budleigh Lions with school staff and children at a litter pick

Ms Jemima Moore, one of the teachers at St Peter's, said: "It's been a wonderful experience for children to play an active part in looking after where they live. They really enjoyed the litter picks and knowing that they were helping to keep wildlife safe. We're very grateful to the Budleigh Lions for creating these opportunities." 

Budleigh Lions Club president Richard Allen said: "The Environment is one of the Lions' five Global Causes and we are delighted to be able to help the local schools by loaning them our litter picking equipment. 

“I'm really pleased that the children enjoyed themselves. They did a great job finding and removing plastic and other litter from the beach that would have inevitably got into the sea. I'm sure the children will inspire others to go out and do the same.

"Our environment is more than a background: it’s our home, and we’re committed to caring for it. I believe we can all make a difference and help improve our environment for the benefit of everyone and our wonderful wildlife."

Anyone interested in helping out with litter picking and/or beach cleans with the can contact them at www.budleighlions.com