CHILDREN have cleared up littler from around the canal near their school with help from SEA LIFE Manchester's conservation team.

The Bridgewater Canal clean up was organised after St Joseph's Catholic Primary School pupil Grace Northcott attended one of SEA LIFE Manchester's recent beach cleans in Formby.

It inspired her to want to tackle environmental issues and got in touch with SEA LIFE Manchester staff to ask for advice on starting canal cleans.

Jenn McDonough, general manager of Manchester SEA LIFE, said: “We are committed to cleaning up our local beaches and canals, to help protect our native sea creatures

"We were absolutely thrilled to be contacted by young Grace, who was inspired to take action in her area after attending one of our beach cleans.

"Lending our help and support was a no-brainer.”

The Leigh school took part in the canal clean on Thursday.

SEA LIFE Manchester provided special equipment and gave the pupils a talk on the importance of conservation.