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Arnhall Nursery Cleans Up for Litter Less

We spent a fantastic Friday morning at Arnhall Day Nursery in Dunblane as children carried out their first Clean Up as part of their work on the Wrigley Litter Less Campaign and helped us to launch the campaign for 2019. 

Arnhall Day Nursery are one of thirty-four schools and nurseries from across Scotland that have been awarded financial support as part of the 2019 campaign which is set to support youngsters in tackling the country’s rising litter levels.

More than £6,000 of funding has been distributed to participating establishments to be used to support work in their local community on environmental quality issues like litter, dog fouling and flytipping. These projects are an excellent fit with the Eco-Schools Scotland programme, which has Litter as its core topic.  

With communities across the country continuing to face high litter levels, children and young people are being empowered to take action - learning more about waste and devising initiatives that will help to tackle the litter problems on their own doorsteps.

Children at Arnhall helped us to announce the start of the Wrigley Litter Less Campaign for 2019 and collected nearly 7 kilograms of litter.  They will conduct regular Clean Ups of the same area over the next four months while carrying out a bespoke litter campaign in an effort to reduce the problem.  Previous Litter Less efforts have included posters, banners, bins, dog fouling bag stations and water quality studies.

“It’s great for nurseries and schools to have the support from the Wrigley Foundation to help them further their litter topic within the Eco-Schools programme. At Arnhall, the children have been discussing why it's important to put rubbish in the bin and not drop litter. We’re very lucky to be surrounded by nature and lots of birds and squirrels, and the children have started to share their thoughts and ideas on what might happen to these animals if they got stuck in the litter. We’re looking forward to completing our Litter Less campaign and getting some more bins for in and around the nursery grounds.”  Gillian Bennie, Eco-Cordinator at Arnhall Nursery

Litter Less is an annual campaign organised in Scotland by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful on behalf of the Foundation of Environmental Education (FEE) and sponsored by the Wrigley Foundation. Litter Less activities will run throughout the whole year and are being delivered as part of Eco-Schools programmes in 12 countries worldwide, including Scotland.

Litter Less funding is being distributed to a total of 34 early years, primary and additional support needs schools across 20 of Scotland’s local authority areas. Each will receive £200 to support their local litter campaigns.

“Since its launch in 2013, the Wrigley Litter Less campaign has worked with almost 170 schools and nurseries Scotland-wide to engage young people and activate them to take action and help address our rising litter levels. It is fantastic to see such significant levels of enthusiasm and commitment from the participants. The campaign is clearly helping to create Scotland’s future environmental ambassadors.”  Michelle Gillan, Education Development Officer, at Keep Scotland Beautiful

Examples of how previous participants have used their Litter Less funding to improve local environmental quality can be found on our Litter Less Case Studies page. 

28 January 2019

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