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Marine Litter Pathways art competition

We have partnered with Blair Drummond Safari Park to help celebrate World Oceans Weekend. As part of this we challenged schools across Scotland to enter an art competition. Four winners have been picked and their art is now on display at the park.

The P3 pupils from the overall winning school, Firpark Primary School in North Lanarkshire, enjoyed a backstage experience at the park.  Their artwork will be displayed for visitors to view as part of the Safari Park World Oceans Weekend on the 9 and 10 June.

Schools from across Scotland were invited to take part in the competition, which encouraged pupils to think creatively about how 80% of litter in our seas comes from land - by designing an exhibit and presenting their research findings on the subject in a report.

Firpark Primary School’s winning sculpture depicts a diver made of plastic to represent the plastic in our seas and oceans.

The pupils at Firpark Primary School said:

“We watch Newsround every day, each day there were reports about the damage rubbish was to our oceans. We wanted to find out more about if there was anything we could do to help.We were very excited when this competition came around and we were very eager to enter it.

"We hope that through all the things we’ve done during this project that others will be made more aware of the dangers rubbish causes to our oceans and everyone will make small changes to help in this area."

Three other finalists were selected from 28 entries from schools to form part of the exhibit. They were:

  • Isobel Mair School – East Renfrewshire
  • Breadalbane Academy – Perth and Kinross
  • Braidwood Primary School – South Lanarkshire

All will receive a runner up prize of free entry to the Safari Park - where the class will be able to see their masterpiece in place.

Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “We are determined to tackle the scourge of litter polluting our seas and raising awareness of the issue is an important part of this work.

“Congratulations to Firpark Primary School for showing such creativity and taking part in this excellent initiative which is highlighting the impact of litter on our marine life on World Oceans Day.”

Liz Gunn, Marketing Manager Blair Drummond Safari Park, commented:

“We were so impressed with the quality of entries to the Marine Litter Art Competition. It’s clear that the young people who took part in the competition are concerned by the effect that plastic has on our marine life, and they have demonstrated that they can influence changes to improve the situation.

“ A lot of very positive action has come from this competition. We were delighted to partner with Keep Scotland Beautiful and are looking forward to welcoming the winning pupils to the Safari Park.”

Heather McLaughlin, Community Projects Officer, at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said:

“We received many creative entries into this competition and it is very exciting that we managed to involve hundreds of pupils in creative thinking about marine litter - raising awareness about 80% litter on Scotland’s streets ends up in our streams, rivers and seas.

“I would like to congratulate the pupils from Firpark Primary for their outstanding entry. All of the exhibits have managed to capture the problem and present solutions in a creative and engaging way.

“I hope that all of the visitors to Blair Drummond Safari Park will be able to enjoy the exhibits and further raise awareness of the sheer scale of Scotland’s litter problem.”

The winning pieces of art will be installed at the Safari Park in time for the World Oceans Weekend event and visitors will be able to view them from the 9th June onwards.

08 June 2018

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