AHS kids win litter award

From left to right: Hamish Stalker, Catriona Gilbertson, Rachel Dorrat and Ellis Smith.

PUPILS from the Anderson High School have received an award for their efforts to tackle litter on the coastline and around their school grounds.

The Litter Less campaign has awarded the AHS pupils a best initiative award. Four pupils, Hamish Stalker, Catriona Gilbertson, Rachel Dorrat and Ellis Smith, made the trip south to represent the school last week.


They attended an international event in Glasgow on 26 February to receive their certificate and share their experiences with others who took part in the Foundation of Environmental Education (FEE) programme.

For a number of years, AHS pupils have audited litter levels as part of Da Voar Redd Up, and with the help of funding from the Littler Less campaign they reviewed previous efforts to “strategically broaden the scope of their clean-up activities”.

AHS teacher Keith Turner said the school had participated in the Litter Less campaign to support pupils’ efforts to achieve a John Muir award.

“Every S2 class participates in the community clean-up around our local coastline and school grounds,” he said. “Thanks to the funding, we bought litter pickers and bag carriers which made the initiative more accessible and engaging for all pupils.”

Keep Scotland Beautiful chief executive Derek Robertson congratulated the AHS pupils and said they provided a “fantastic example” of how the Litter Less campaign can “help to further existing projects and encourage even more Scottish children and young people to take a proactive interest in litter, littering behavior and campaigns to reduce it.”