Anglers Against Litter

Young Wigan angler awarded for environmental efforts

A special assembly was held at Marsh Green Primary School in Wigan to celebrate the remarkable environmental contributions of six-year-old Braydon Atherton-Gartland.

The young pupil stood out at a recent litter-picking event, organised jointly by the Angling Trust and the Environment Agency, aimed at cleaning up local waterways.

Braydon was thrilled to receive a certificate for his achievement. He also received a fishing rod and reel, generously provided by the Environment Agency from confiscated gear. The Angling Trust also gifted Braydon a two-metre whip, a reflective bib, a Shimano cap, an Angling Trust metal pin badge, stickers, and a litter picker, all aimed at enhancing Braydon’s budding interest in angling and supporting his environmental care.

There was a noticeable buzz at the assembly as Ian Doyle from the Angling Trust and Damien Linney from the Environment Agency presented the gifts.

Ian remarked on Braydon’s enthusiasm, saying: “It’s heartwarming to see young anglers like Braydon actively involved in preserving our natural habitats.”

Damien Linney added: “Braydon’s dedication serves as an inspiring example for all of us. Witnessing the hands shoot up when I asked who else would like to join future clean-ups was truly encouraging.”

Mrs. G Leigh, the headteacher of Marsh Green Primary, expressed her gratitude: “Thank you for taking the time to come to visit Braydon and recognise his achievements – it had a huge impact on him.”

The event not only celebrated Braydon’s dedication but also highlighted the broader efforts of the Angling Trust’s Anglers Against Litter campaign, which seeks to engage more young people in conservation activities. Michael Rhodes, the Angling Trust’s Northwest Voluntary Bailiff Service Area Coordinator, expressed his delight at the turnout and the enthusiastic response from the children.

This event marks a growing commitment to environmental education and active participation in conservation efforts in collaboration with organisations like the Angling Trust and the Environment Agency. David Lees, North West Regional Enforcement Support Manager, and David Brunet, a volunteer bailiff, also played significant roles in the initiative, emphasising community support for environmental care.

The enthusiasm shown by Braydon shows the positive role young anglers play in leading the way. Well done Braydon from all of us at the Angling Trust.

Anglers Against Litter is sponsored by Shimano and supported by The Insurance Emporium.

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Braydon with Ian Doyle from the Angling Trust and Damien Linney from Environment Agency

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