Lochinver Early Learning Centre commended for environmental efforts

Lochinver Early Learning Centre has been presented with the prestigious Clean Up Scotland 'Hero of the Month' award in recognition of its efforts to improve environmental awareness amongst the pupils.

The Centre has been praised for teaching its pupils with passion about the environment and the impact that littering has on their own local community. The children are now very conscious of the effects of marine litter and have helped to raise awareness of recycling and the impact that micro-beads and glitter have on Scotland’s seas.

As a result of the pupils’ efforts, the Centre has also been awarded an additional grant of £175 in recognition of their excellent support of  the Wrigley Litter Less Campaign - managed as part of the international Eco-Schools programme.

The grant will help to fund the children’s activities in raising awareness of marine litter, recycling and with the children’s ideas of how to ‘save the world’ - encouraging everyone in the local area to be a ‘superhero’.

Jane Matheson, Early Years Practitioner at Lochinver Early Learning Centre, commented: “We are delighted to receive the additional money which will be put to good use helping to pay for the printing and distribution of our 'ban non-degradable glitter' poster across schools in Highland.

“We are so proud of our super heroes ‘helping to save the world’. The children are keenly aware of the effects of marine litter and have taken part in several beach cleans. Through designing and distributing leaflets to the fishing harbours and community, they have raised the awareness of recycling, micro-beads and glitter.

“We have campaigned for Lochinver harbour to become part of the KIMO fishing for litter initiative and are excitedly waiting to hear the outcome of talks between KIMO and Highland Council in Lochinver.

“We were horrified to find out that glitters are just another form of micro-beads! We are as guilty as anyone of washing glitter down the drain with craft activities, especially at Christmas. We want to continue to campaign to stop schools using glitter.”

The Hero of the Month award is supported by The Helping Hand Company which provides each Hero with a Clean Up kit - including a Scottish litter picker and handy hoop.

Nicola Turner, who presented the award commented: “We are thrilled that Lochinver Early Learning Centre is so enthusiastic about the local environment and passing this passion on to all of the pupils. Everyone at the centre is a true environmental ambassador.

“We are very pleased to present the Centre with two accolades. The first being the Clean Up Scotland Hero of the Month award for the work that they have undertaken to date. And the second a small grant from the Wrigley Litter Less Campaign to support future efforts to change behaviour towards litter and waste. We hope that they will continue to learn, and have fun, while helping the environment.”

Find out more about Wrigley Litter Less, or how to nominate your own hero.



27 June 2017

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