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The Deepings Apache Cub Scouts collect litter for Earth Day

A cub scout group has returned to 'face-to-face' meetings with an action-packed event to support the environment.

The Deepings Apache Cub Scouts held a huge litter pick for Earth Day on Thursday last week, heading out from their headquarters equipped with bags and mechanical grabbers.

Apaches leader Heidi Latronico-Ferris said: "I am not sure they were ready for the amount of rubbish they found. We expected there to be some, especially in the hedges and fences, but what we discovered and collected was outstanding and very sad for our natural environment and the wildlife that depend on these hedgerows for their habitats.

The Apaches on their litter pick
The Apaches on their litter pick

"In just an hour and a half they had collected more than 20 bags of rubbish - everything from old clothes to packets, cans and plastic bottles."

The Apaches did manage to continue their scouting adventure despite the pandemic.

In March they took part in a 'virtual camp' to celebrate and take part in the World Wide Fund for Nature Earth Hour, which encouraged cubs to turn off their lights and electricals and take part in something without the use of power.

Some of the litter collected by the Apaches
Some of the litter collected by the Apaches

As part of the camp they also learnt about the need to reduce waste and recycle more, and how different kinds of plastics we use are recycled, and how long it would take for them to decompose if they are not.

The cubs are hoping to put all their efforts towards their Environmental Conservation badge and have also applied for their Green Blue Peter badges.

For information about scouting visit www.scouts.org.uk

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