Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole School Children design signage

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.”