GIRLS and boys at a Greenock nursery have cried foul over litter and dog dirt in their community.

Youngsters at Gibshill Children's Centre have launched their own campaign to tackle the mess that litter louts and irresponsible pet owners are not picking up.

They are joining in with the Litter Less drive run by national environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.

It is funded by the Wrigley Company Foundation - the charitable arm of the firm that owns famous chewing gum brands.

Nursery staff also used the campaign to highlight the dangers of dog fouling with the help of cute canines Leo and Millie.

Craig Scott, depute head of centre, said: "As part of our continuing eco school journey we launched our Litter Less campaign to raise awareness of and tackle the issue of dog fouling in Gibshill. "This issue has been highlighted recently by the children and their families, staff and members of the local community.

"Throughout the campaign we will also raise awareness of the dangers of dog dirt in the local community."

To get their messages across - and put their artistic skills to good use - the boys and girls will be making colourful posters to encourage people to pick up after themselves and their pets.

Craig said: "We aim to reduce dog fouling in the area by making posters and banners, creating poo bag dispensers and distributing these, and enquiring about a dog dirt bin for the area.

"We also learned about the dangers of dog dirt, met some four-legged friends called Leo and Millie, talked about how to look after them and took the dogs out for a walk.

"The children had great fun getting to meet our new friends."