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Source to Sea litter the focus of educational activities in Dundee

We hosted an educational engagement event which focused on litter's journey from ‘source to sea’, for Dundee schools at the V&A Museum on Thursday 30 March.

More than 40 pupils from five schools across the city joined in with a morning of activities which included creating a ‘craftivism’ collage, inspired by wildlife artist Paul Bartlett who uses scrap materials to create artworks.  The pupils from Victoria Park Primary School, Fintry Primary School, Grove Academy, St Andews RC Primary, St Joseph’s RC Primary School and Our Lady’s RC Primary School, also conducted a litter survey members of the public on the waterfront walkway about attitudes towards littering behaviour in Dundee. One group of students were lucky enough to bump into actor Graham McTavish who took questions regarding his views on litter and how he found the local environment quality!

With thanks to funding from Crown Estate Scotland the Spring Clean educational event focused on the journey of litter from source to sea along the River Tay, as part of our Upstream Battle on the Tay campaign which has been running on the river and its tributaries including the River Tummel, Earn and Almond since August 2021.  We are working across four council areas: Perth and Kinross, Dundee City, Fife and Angus to connect communities and clean up the River Tay. 

Campbell Gerrard, Senior Policy Manager at Crown Estate Scotland, which provided funding to support the campaign, said: “The event presented a great opportunity for children and young people to learn more about the marine environment and about marine litter and where it comes from, and about what they can do to help tackle the problem. Well done to all involved.”

Joe Oxley-Glenister, our Education and Learning Officer said: “Today was a really valuable time for pupils to be engaged in the issue of litter travelling from source to sea, and to educate them on the damage that this causes to the environment and inspire action. Thanks to all the pupils for their hard work and the teachers for their support. Many thanks to Crown Estate Scotland for funding the activities and to the V&A for providing the space to bring everyone together.”

If you’d like to help to tackle the litter emergency, you can still register a litter pick at and take part in Scotland’s Spring Clean 2023 until 17 April.

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30 March 2023

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