Community champion Harriet organises Middleton Tyas litter-pick

Harriett Wilson, left, with the other volunteers who supported her litter pick at Middleton Tyas.

A young community champion has organised a litter-picking event after becoming upset to see so much litter in her village.

Harriett Wilson, 13, made all the arrangements for the event in Middleton Tyas.

As well as publicising the litter-pick, the Year 8 student at Richmond School & Sixth Form College liaised with Richmondshire District Council who supplied litter pickers, hi-vis jackets and bin bags.

The event was a success with more than a dozen members of the community supporting Harriett and 12 bin bags of litter being collected in Middleton Tyas and the outskirts of the village

Harriett is passionate about protecting animals and the environment and her earlier community and fundraising work has raised money for a number of charities, including the Dogs, Save Our Seas Foundation and the RSPCA.

Harriet said: “I am very grateful to the people in the community that came out and helped with the litter pick, it wouldn’t have been a success without them.”

Richmond School head Jenna Potter said: “Harriett has amazed me with her drive and passion to help others.

“I am so impressed that she independently made all the arrangements for the litter pick, liaising with the relevant organisations to ensure it was carried out safely.

“She demonstrates levels of independence and maturity that are way beyond her years, showing such respect for her community and the environment as a whole.”