Councils Reinstate FREE Stink Bug Activity Trail Contest for Summer School Holidays

From Saturday 6th August to Sunday 4th September, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils are once again running FREE Activity Trails for children in villages and towns within the districts.

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Participants have a chance to win £20 vouchers for themselves and a rainbow colored bench – made from recycled plastic – for their school.

Trails average just over 2km on marked routes around local parks and recreation grounds. There are 14 stops on each route with questions about waste and recycling. Answers to questions give letter clues to compose a three-word answer at the end.

Local town and parish councils manage the trails using materials from the councils waste team. The activities follow a successful program organized during the school holidays last year.

The routes are aimed at primary school children (under 12) to promote recycling and reuse messages and explain the damage that waste causes to our environment.

Each child, who submits the correct answer, can request a personalized Litter Bug Detectives certificate. They are also entered into a draw – one draw for each council – for £20 vouchers for themselves and a bench for their school.

Cllr Sue Cooper, Cabinet Member for South Oxfordshire District Council, said: ‘It was hugely popular last year, with many entries and many parents telling us how lovely it was that the councils provided something fun and free to do during the school holidays. For us, it’s also a great way to promote recycling and reuse to primary school children and their parents.

Cllr Sally Povolotsky, Vale of White Horse District Council Cabinet Member for Climate Emergency and Environment, said: “The trails are fun, free and local. Hopefully many families can just walk to the nearest trailhead. As well as getting some exercise, kids have the chance to win a prize for themselves and their school, and also learn some cool facts about litter! »

How to participate

  1. Go to our Litter Bug Detectives Trail webpage and download the trail map for the area you want to visit. The map will show a trail to 14 sites.
  2. On each site, a question will be asked on the topic of waste and recycling. The 14 answers will each provide one letter each to make three words.
  3. Email the three-word response along with your name, address, and school to [email protected] before midnight September 11 and the team will send you a Litter Bug Detective Certificate and enter you into the raffle. Terms and conditions are on our web pages above.

Notes to Editors

The trails will be available starting August 6 at the following sites:

  • Abingdon Ock Path
  • Didcot, Ladygrove
  • Drayton Millennium Green and village green
  • East Hagbourne
  • forest hill
  • Great Coxwell Barn and Trails
  • Kennington Playfield Road Recreation Ground
  • North Hinksey
  • St Helen Without Sandleigh Road Recreation Ground
  • Thames
  • Uffington Recreation Ground and Village
  • Wallingford
  • Wootton and Old Boars Hill Cricket Ground
  • Whitchurch on the Thames

Christy J. Olson