Litter in a Boston waterway has inspired a nine-year-old girl to campaign about the environment - and she’s roped the council in as well.
Anya James, of Sibsey, was travelling along Horncastle Road, when she noticed litter spoling the Maud Foster drain and was concerned about the affect it could be having on wildlife.
She turned to Boston Borough Council for help and devised an information campaign to educate people about damage to the environment.
Now a sign she designed has been installed alongside the drain.
After writing to a number of organisations with her concerns, Anya was invited to visit the borough council’s head offices in West Street.
She discussed how they could make people more aware of the dangers to wildlife of throwing rubbish into the rivers.
She worked closely with the council’s communications and marketing officer Emma Staff to design a sign to encourage people to take more care when disposing of litter.
Anya was delighted with the results.
She said: “I love the sign and cannot wait to get back to school to tell my friends and teachers what has been done.”
Anya came up with ideas on paper and then Emma used her design skills to produce an electronic version.
Jen Moore, environment and sustainability officer, said: “We are very pleased that we could help Anya and I am extremely impressed with her genuine concern for the environment.
“Because of this she should be very proud that we now have signage along the whole of the Maud Foster drain encouraging people to be more responsible and making them aware of the danger that littering and fly-tipping can cause to wildlife.”
George Bernard, head of environmental operations, said: “I would like to thank Anya for contacting us. I am really glad we were able to help.
“The signs look brilliant and she should be really proud of herself. We would also like to thank the Boston Big Local for funding the printing and installation of the signage.”