PUPILS from Kilcreggan Primary School have received a prestigious award from an environmental charity in recognition of their creative reporting skills.

Keep Scotland Beautiful has announced that 20 of the school's students have been awarded the Young Reporters Scotland award in celebration of their creative reporting on environmental issues.

Pupils were presented with the accolade as part of the Young Reporters Scotland 2019 competition - which encourages young people to share their voice on sustainability subjects through film, writing and photography.

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The initiative provides a platform for participants to investigate and report on the subjects they are passionate about and increase their knowledge and awareness of environmental topics.

The Young Reporters Scotland judging panel placed the Kilcreggan pupils work first in the 11-14 years film category with their entry Kilcreggan Against Plastic.

Kilcreggan Primary School headteacher, Frances Bretman, commented: “This is a fabulous achievement for these pupils. They have been very active in their desire to make others, locally and in the wider world, aware of the environmental issues around plastic and particularly around plastic pollution in the sea and on our shorelines.

"It is great that their work has been recognised as valuable.”

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Young Reporters Scotland is open nationwide to those aged eight - 26. The programme is linked to the international Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) initiative and selected Scottish entries are then entered into the international competition.

Anne-Marie Robb, education and learning coordinator at Keep Scotland Beautiful, added: “I would like to congratulate the Kilcreggan Primary School pupils on their success in this competition.

"Young Reporters Scotland provides a fantastic opportunity for young people to learn new skills and share their views on protecting our environment.

“Across Scotland, over 200 young people participated in the competition from across ten local authorities.

"All of the submissions were fantastic and it’s great to see so many young people engaging with issues that affect the future of their planet.”

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