Primary school children joined local police officers to clean up an Accrington canal bank last week.
Twelve pupils from All Saints C of E Primary School Eco committee group, volunteered to clear litter from the Leeds and Liverpool canal with members of the Clayton and Altham Neighbourhood Policing Team.
The initiative, which followed concerns by members of the public, was organised in preparation for the 'Canal 200' celebrations later this month to mark the 200th anniversary of the canal.
Special Constable and countryside ranger Paul Shoreman joined officers to speak to the children about the wildlife that suffers as a result of litter being thrown into the canal.
PC Paul Pountain said: "All the children did a superb job and collected eight full bags of litter. They were all enthusiastic and wanted to help make the canal look pleasant for the 'Canal 200' celebrations on June 19.
"I would like to thank the volunteers who helped and hope that members of the public will respect their hard work by using the litter bins provided instead of dropping litter on the canal bank."