A BOLTON schoolgirl is cleaning up the streets of Farnworth, armed with litter pickers, bin bags and her own environmental club.

Roxy Atack, 10, became upset with the amount of litter near where she lived, so after a suggestion from a family friend and chat with local Councillor Julie Pattison, the wheels were soon set in motion for her own rubbish-busting group.

Roxy and Cllr Pattison were able to secure a venue for the club, as Farnworth Library offered to host the club’s monthly meetings.

The Society for the Protection of Earth (SPE) spend their time picking up litter in the community and discussing how they can make their lives more environmentally-friendly.

They recently received a £200 cheque from Bolton Green Umbrella, who support and recognise groups trying to help the environment in the Town.

The funds will aid in equipment and supplies for the club.

Cllr Pattison said that Roxy is “inspirational” and a true environmental star.

She added: “I was invited down to a meeting to present her with the cheque and it was great to be there.

“She had a set of agendas, thanked everyone for being there and was really professional. She was very open and let everyone discuss their ideas.”

Roxy’s mum, Vicky Holt, said that her daughter was “over the moon” when 15 children signed up for her first meeting in August. Vicky also helps organise the meetings, with her and Roxy coordinating when the meeting will be and who is coming along.

Anyone interested in the monthly meetings should contact Vicky on 07813915449. They are held on one Saturday every month at the library between 10.15 and 11.15am, although the exact date isn’t fixed.

For more information on the group, visit Facebook and search for the group “S.P.E. (Kids Environment Club)”.