Eco-warriors at a South Ayrshire school have been exploring the ocean, planting fruit and veg, and reducing waste as the country gears up for COP26 kicking off next week.

Barassie Primary secured almost £10,000 from Community Climate Asset Fund (CCAF) — the largest amount awarded in Scotland — as part of the government’s commitment to transition to net-zero emissions by 2045.

World leaders, climate activists and journalists will come together for COP26 in Glasgow, from October 31 until November 12, as the UK plays host to the annual event that brings governments together to negotiate the best ways of tackling climate change.

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P3 pupils made art work using recycled materials whilst learning about the harmful effects plastics and other rubbish can have on marine life
P3 pupils made art work using recycled materials whilst learning about the harmful effects plastics and other rubbish can have on marine life

Using the grant, Barassie Primary have developed their garden areas to include water butts, started water harvesting and increased opportunities for children to learn about gardening and growing.

The planting of 400 trees, edible hedging and weather stations for each class have also been introduced.

P3 pupils proudly show off their handmade aquariums
P3 pupils proudly show off their handmade aquariums

Caroline Nelson, additional support for learning teacher at the school, has been busy in the garden teaching kids how to plant and harvest goods including pumpkins, sweet potatoes and raspberries.

She said: “It’s really taken us outdoors; it’s about everything to do with the garden.”

Teacher Caroline Nelson
Teacher Caroline Nelson

Pupils throughout the whole school have been focusing on topics to do with climate change and the environment.

P3 pupils have been learning about the ocean and created their own aquariums, as well as upcycling yoghurt pots into beautifully decorated tropical fish.

P6 pupils have been learning about pollution, while the school’s nursery visit Barassie beach once a week for a litter pick.

P6 pupils (l-r) Mia (9), Murren (9) and Connor (10), showing off some home grown sweet potatoes
P6 pupils (l-r) Mia (9), Murren (9) and Connor (10), showing off some home grown sweet potatoes

Headteacher Julie Fleming said: “The aim is that we can be more sustainable with what we’re doing, so if we’re doing cooking we can use what we’ve got and don’t need to go buy items.

“We harvested fruit and veg the other day and we had three pumpkins, a huge turnip, some strawberries and raspberries; the kids were so excited to see it.

Head teacher Julie Fleming
Head teacher Julie Fleming

“It’s their work that they’ve managed to do.

“The children are so passionate about climate change and so conscious of it.”

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