Students urged to find green scoops

Teenagers in the region are being encouraged to investigate green issues in a new scheme run by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.

The ‘Young Reporters for the Environment’ is an international programme aimed at 11-21-year-olds. And students whose school or college applies to take part will be encouraged to look into environmental issues, suggest solutions and publish a report in print, photographic or video form.

Keep Scotland Beautiful’s development officer Dugald MacGilp said: “This is a fantastic new programme which will achieve the dual goals of raising environmental awareness and helping young people in the Borders develop a range of life skills.”

The charity is running it alongside its eco-schools scheme aimed at encouraging action on sustainable development education issues.

Mr MacGilp continued: “We’re very excited to be delivering this programme, which is strong in the Borders with almost 300 schools involved.

“We’d encourage local secondary schools to participate in Young Reporters – it’s going to be a very rewarding programme.”

There are more than 80 eco-schools in the region and 21 have gained the charity’s highest level award, the Green Flag, for their whole-school action for the environment, which has included litter hunts, feeding birds, gardening, composting, a wormery and even, at the then Caddonfoot primary, Zeco the eco-mascot.