School children from schools across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are being invited to create artwork to encourage people to behave responsibly and respect the environment when visiting our parks and beaches. BCP Council plans to use the artwork on signage across the area’s seafront and heathlands and this will support the council’s Leave Only Footprints campaign.
This year, the council has seen increasing amounts of litter, such as plastic bottles, takeaway containers and other rubbish, being left behind in our parks, heathlands, and on the beautiful sandy beaches of our area. The school signage artwork project aims to encourage individuals to be more considerate and responsible with their behaviour.
School students will be asked to think of innovative ways to encourage visitors to respect the environment and will create their designs in full colour, which can be hand drawn, painted or digital. The council plans to use as many of the designs as possible across a range of signs – from A4 boards on lamp posts along the seafront, to prints on tree planters, banners, car park signs and more.
Councillor Lewis Allison, Portfolio Holder for Tourism, Leisure and Communities said: “We welcome this initiative to encourage people to keep our beaches and local environment clean. BCP Council collects around 2,000 tonnes of waste per year from the seafront and this year, there has been a rise in the amount of litter left. Discarded litter, including disposable BBQs are dangerous to wildlife and can cause a fire risk to our local heathland. Waste left on our beaches can often cause pollution and harm marine life if it is washed away by the sea.”
Libraries may be closed but Dorset’s readers are discovering eBooks and audio items.
eBooks and audio books issued by Dorset Libraries reached almost 26,000 in April, this year. That was an increase of 75 per cent on same period last year.
The increase in Dorset is part of a national increase in eBook library loans. Recent figures show a substantial increase in people accessing digital titles across library services in England during the pandemic.
Dorset Council, said: “The libraries in Dorset reluctantly closed their doors on March 20, but the latest figures shows you can still enjoy a good read.
Easy-to-use digital services and online support mean residents are enjoying reading digital books, audiobooks and even comics.
Dorset’s online library service has gone from strength to strength, with thousands of eBooks, eNewspapers and eMagazines loaned and downloaded by people staying at home – an increase of almost 50 per cent since the lockdown started.
Dorset council has now invested more in the service to increase the number of available titles. They currently have more than 800 new eBooks and 1,400 new audio books.