Children at a Barrhead school were given top marks for effort when East Renfrewshire’s MP paid a visit to congratulate them on their work as ‘climate champions.’

Kirsten Oswald went along to Carlibar Primary to hand over a copy of a motion she submitted in parliament to celebrate the Wee Wood project.

As part of a partnership between the Scottish Contemporary Art Network (SCAN) and East Renfrewshire Council, pupils planted saplings of native species, including oak and aspen, at Carlibar Park.

It will be one of 26 woodlands established by the council as part of a legacy project linked to the COP26 UN climate change conference held in Glasgow last year.

Pupils are also working with artist and SCAN member Robyn Woolston to learn more about the role that art can play in unlocking climate action.

Ms Oswald told the Barrhead News: “I thought the Wee Wood project was a brilliant idea that was well worth highlighting in a parliamentary motion.

“Being involved in planting a wood when you are so young and watching the trees grow with you must be such an inspiration and a reminder of the important role trees play in creating attractive places but also in tackling climate change.

“Although it was a really cold day, with snow on the ground, I really enjoyed meeting the pupils and staff to hand over a copy of the motion.

“I will, of course, draw a veil over who won the inevitable snowball fight.”

Ms Woolston added: “Never has there been a time when collaborative and cross-sector partnerships are more vitally needed than when facing the impacts and realities of climate change.

“Forests and woodlands offer holistic, lifelong learning opportunities to those that encounter them – and Carlibar Park Wee Wood is no exception.”