GREEN-FINGERED schoolkids are pleading for help to create their own outdoor learning area.

Pupils at Neilston Primary are relying on the support of local people after putting themselves forward for a community funding grant.

Should the Aviva Community Fund application be successful, the school plans to transform a section of the playground into an environmentally-friendly place of learning.

The area will feature a bog garden, pathways, a fire pit and wooden wigwams.

Youngsters have now launched a campaign – dubbed ‘I’m A Neilston Pupil, Get Me Outside’ – in the hope of drumming up enough support in an online vote.

Neilston Primary teacher Linda Murray, who has helped to orchestrate the project, said: “We strive to give our children the best possible learning opportunities, including a range of outdoor experiences across the curriculum.

“The pupils and staff have worked hard up to this point to maximise the educational potential in our outdoor space. However, we now desperately need funding in order to complete the development of our grounds into a suitably-equipped outdoor classroom which will fully enrich our children’s education.

“Please show your support for us and register online now to vote for Neilston Primary.”

The school has thanked those who have already donated plants, home-made benches and tyres, as well as Barrhead Water Works, which provided pots, trees, seeds and various other items.

Neilston Primary pupils also organised a clean-up of the school grounds to help pave the way for the outdoor learning zone.

To register your vote for the school, click here.

Voting will remain open until Tuesday, November 21.

To find out more about the fund and how it supports communities, click here.