Kate Humble helps recognise ‘force of nature’ pupils in Scotland

Trust nominated school highly commended at prestigious Nature of Scotland Awards

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TV presenter, writer and naturalist Kate Humble joined in celebrations with the winners of the seventh annual Nature of Scotland Awards at a black-tie presentation dinner held in Edinburgh in mid November.

Co-sponsored by Scottish Natural Heritage, the awards aim to celebrate and recognise the best of conservation in Scotland. This year’s shortlist of nominees included John Muir Trust engagement partners: Sunnyside Primary School; East Ayrshire Council; Lambhill Stables for the ‘SNH Youth and Education’ category and CCI - Clydesdale Community Initiatives for the ‘Community Initiative’ category.

On the night, it was the Glasgow-based Sunnyside 'Ocean Defenders' who picked up a Highly Commended award for leading a charge against plastics.

Sunnyside Primary School has been described as a "force of nature" because of its commitment to conservation of Scotland’s wildlife. Its powerful flagship campaign, #NaeStrawAtAw, encourages businesses and organisations around Scotland to ban straws and other disposable plastics, aiding the protection of our oceans and waterways.

Former pupils and Ocean Defenders Megan and Beth picked up the award on behalf of Sunnyside Primary School.

Megan said: "Doing our John Muir Award at Sunnyside has really helped me a lot in what I want to study, to get a job, to achieve in life. It's made us better people, showed us what can be done when you work hard."

Beth said: "Not only are we the future - we're also the present, and we need to work hard now to ensure we have a future."

Kate Humble said: "It is wonderful to celebrate all the amazing nature champions - you are making a difference!"

Read more about the 2018 Nature of Scotland Awards.

Photo by Simon Williams Photography Edinburgh shows Megan and Beth, Ocean Defenders and former pupils from Sunnyside PS, with TV presenter, writer and naturalist Kate Humble