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Children Dig the 'Green Scene'

Published on:

08

May 2002

Primary school pupils taking part in next week's Green Scene will become 'waste warriors' for the day in a bid to defeat the 'bucket queen'.

Wondering what all this is about? Next week's event - the highlight on the environmental calendar - provides children and adults with an opportunity to explore a number of environmental issues.

And the Waste Warrior Workshop is just one of a myriad of events and activities set to take place during Green Scene 2002 - a four day event organised by the Mid Scotland Environmental Education forum (MSEEF). The event, will take place between 15-18 May at the Devon Equestrian Centre, Fishcross in Clackmannanshire.

Green Scene is open to schools throughout the Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Council areas and is aimed at P4 - P7. The event, now in its 10th year, aims to provide environmental education opportunities for primary school aged children. In addition the event hopes to attract members of the public to the Open Day event held on Saturday 18 May.

Provost Walter McAdam said: "Green Scene provides youngsters with an opportunity to learn more about the environment - in a fun way. It can also be an exciting social event with children throughout Forth Valley coming together under one roof to learn more about current environmental issues."

There are 20 different environmental activities at this year's event centred around the themes of biodiversity and waste awareness. Organisations involved in the event include Clackmannanshire and Stirling Ranger Services, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs Ranger Service, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Waste Awareness Group and the Forth Environment Link.

Marion McCahon, Green Scene Co-ordinator said: "Green Scene is an excellent opportunity for local environmental organisations to provide hand-on activities for schools and communities in the three council areas. We are inviting members of the public to come along and experience Green Scene for themselves on Saturday 18th - this is guaranteed to be a great day out!'

Over the three days pupils from Clackmannanshire, Stirling and Falkirk schools can take part in a range of activities. They include:· Amazing biodiversity stories· Felt butterfly making· Recycled art· Wildlife gardens· Monster Races

Monster Races aims to raise awareness of recycling, biodiversity and the lessons that can be learned from the natural world. During this event pupils make a monster that can be adapted to survive in different habitats. The pupils then balance their 'monster' on a spoon during a journey as they come across obstacles. Each monster must adapt to overcome obstacles. Finally the monsters are recycled.

The event is organised by MSEEF with financial support from Scottish Natural Heritage, Clackmannanshire, Stirling and Falkirk Councils, Stirling Landfill Tax Trust, Falkirk Environment Trust, Clackmannanshire Landfill Tax Trust and Clackmannanshire Leisure.

The Open Day takes place on Saturday 18th May from 11am - 3pm.

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