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Udny area schools focus on climate in art competition

By Kyle Ritchie

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A group has helped highlight climate and green issues as part of its primary schools artwork competition.

Udny Climate Action had planned to run the contest as part of its Udny Climate Sunday event to be held in Pitmedden Hall back in March.

However, it was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The event was set to feature stalls with local produce; recycled goods; information about energy reduction and green heating systems; along with a cycle corner and activities for young children.

An opportunity to try out electric bikes, talks by owners of e-cars about their experiences and Fairtrade refreshments were also planned.

Schools in the Udny area took part in the art competition.
Schools in the Udny area took part in the art competition.

Chairman of Udny Climate Action George Allan said: "As part of the event, a primary schools artwork competition was arranged in conjunction with Pitmedden, Udny Green and Cultercullen schools.

"There was considerable interest in the parish but, unfortunately, we had to cancel the event a few days beforehand because of Covid.

"However, the children’s art work competition could be completed. Winners were to be announced and prizes presented on the day, but this obviously didn’t happen."

The children undertook the work during term time, there being a strong emphasis on green issues in the curriculum of the three schools.

There were three class groups and each worked on a different theme. P1-2 was Looking After Nature; P3-4 was Buying Local Produce; and P4-7 was Actions with a Positive Outcome on Climate Change or Waste.

The entries were judged by two local artists, who were impressed with the high standard.

There was a winner and runner-up in each category and the children chose their prizes, which were either vouchers for Macduff Marine Aquarium, Edinburgh Bicycle Shop or for books.

In addition, six children were highly commended. These youngsters and the winners and runners-ups all received certificates.

Mr Allan added: "While it was very disappointing that Udny Climate Action’s spring event had to be cancelled because of coronavirus, the good news is that the children’s art competition did go ahead in Pitmedden, Udny Green and Cultercullen schools.

"Three separate class groups produced work on green and climate themes.

“The entries were imaginative and the standard was very high. Thanks to all the children for their efforts and to the schools for participating."

The purpose of Udny Climate Action is to support carbon reduction and other initiatives to tackle climate change.

The group has run fuel efficient driving sessions, will be undertaking tree planting in the area during the next two months and is planning the steps needed to achieve "Zero Carbon Udny".

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