AN INSPIRING East Ayrshire nursery has been given hundreds of pounds to tackle litter.

Hillbank ECC has been awarded £200 as part of the 2020 national Wrigley Litter Less campaign.

The funding from Keep Scotland Beautiful will help youngsters tackle litter in their own communities, improve the local environment and stem the rising tide of rubbish that is sweeping

across the nation.

With communities Scotland-wide continuing to suffer from increasing amounts of litter, the Wrigley Litter Less campaign hopes to encourage children to help tackle the problem and think about their own littering behaviours.

Twenty-eight educational establishments in Scotland have received funding for 2020 which will pay for a litter campaign for their community. Previously funded schools have carried out beach cleans, installed new bins and signs, and purchased litter-picking equipment. Young people will be challenged over the course of the year to monitor litter levels and encourage people in the wider community to stop dropping rubbish.

Daniel Barrie, Education and Learning Manager at Keep Scotland Beautiful, commented:“Communities across Scotland are struggling to stem the tide of litter that is sweeping across the nation.

“It’s an issue everyone can do something about and we hope that the Wrigley Litter Less campaign gives young people the opportunity to put their ideas into action to take on littering and help us to keep Scotland beautiful.”

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 Company Foundation.

Since 2012, the campaign has given away over £50,000 in grants to schools in Scotland to fund the fight against litter.