Caring for the environment

Photo by Ian Georgeson
Photo by Ian Georgeson

MEARNS Castle high school is flying the flag for the environment after receiving the 1,500th eco- schools green flag for Scotland.

The scheme, organised by Keep Scotland Beautiful, recognises a school’s achievements in sustainability and caring for the environment.



Dean Smith, head teacher at the East Renfrewshire school, commented: “We’re very proud to be the recipient of the 1,500th award in Scotland.

“Our school and the schools who have received flags before us have shown commitment and determination in being more environmentally-friendly in our actions.

“I’m very proud of Mearns Castle’s achievements and of the pupils and staff who have worked so hard to help our school gain the green flag”.

The flag was raised last week during a special visit from Scotland’s minister for learning, science and Scotland’s languages, Dr Alasdair Allan MSP.

The event was also used to announce a £300,000 sponsorship deal from Scottish Hydro – added to £450,000 Scottish government funding – which will allow Keep Scotland Beautiful to continue its eco-schools programme for the next three years.

Speaking at the flag-raising, KSB chief executive Derek Robertson said: “Today is a huge milestone in our eco-schools programme and the staff and pupils of Mearns Castle high school deserve the highest praise for their achievements in showing commitment to sustainability”.

Elsewhere in the southside, school pupils have been crossing boundaries to share their knowledge on the environment.

King’s Park primary pupils Nicola Smith, Josh Reid, Michael Pate and Sarah Kelly made their way to East Ren recently to give a talk to Busby primary, on renewable energy and planning for emergencies such as floods.

The visit coincided with Busby’s eco day of action, where each class developed a plan for what they will be working on in the year ahead.

Primary three are taking charge of the playground, planting, and organising competitions for the rest of the school, while primary two tackle litter.

Primary seven, meanwhile, will focus on recycling, and making sure that minimal amounts of Busby waste ends up in landfill sites.

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