A YOUNG environmentalist has taken his local council to task after discovering trash and debris from fireworks strewn across the grounds of his beloved village.
Tristan Anderson was enraged at the amount of trash, including plastic and metal pellets, left behind after the Halloween event and Sedgefield City Council fireworks on Friday.
The nine-year-old often walks his dog and pickaxes in the grounds of Ceddesfeld Hall and was shocked by the mess and danger it posed to wildlife, when he visited the park the morning after the show .
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Mum Pippa Anderson said: “Seeing him in the park, all alone in the rain, trying his best to clear everything up absolutely broke my heart.”
She said Tristan was sad when she told him they had to leave before they were done cleaning up, but they were about to plant trees in the nearby Netpark, which had been bought with the money. collected by Tristan.
The Wynyard Church of England elementary school student had raised £ 517 with a sponsored silence to buy trees for his community – including for his school, The Hive CIC, Sedgefield Woodland and Wildlife Group at Netpark and local individuals.
Sedgefield City Council said the event was “very busy and enjoyable” but agreed there should not be a repeat of the waste problem in years to come.
A spokesperson said: “Unfortunately, and unlike postings in recent years, there was debris afterwards.
“City Council thanks the members of the public who picked up debris on Saturday morning and the local plogging group who visited the area Sunday morning.
“This matter is under investigation and if the exhibition takes place next year, appropriate arrangements for waste collection will be scheduled for the next morning.”
Ms Anderson said Tristan complained to the trash board and invited a representative to call his home in the village for a cup of tea and a cookie, so he could ask them not to let this happen again.
She added: “There were leftovers everywhere, including plastic waste and granules that generate color; tiny balls of chemical metal salts. There are a lot of wildlife that could be affected, especially by the pellets.
“Tristan started a blog about his environmental adventures. He hopes people can become more environmentally friendly, including the city councilors where he lives.
Tristan’s blog is at wordpress.com/home/humanshavebeenici
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