YOUNGSTERS from a Gourock school have won Blue Peter badges for their eco-friendly efforts.

Pupils from St Ninian's Primary earned a special green badge for pledging to make their school more environmentally friendly.

Primary four pupils chose their 'Power, Plastic and Plants Pledges' last year with teacher Colette Cavanagh and have now been recognised for their hard work by the popular BBC children's programme.

Depute head teacher Siobhan Currie said: "The children are amazing and put so much work into getting their Blue Peter badges.

"They helped make changes in the school to make it more environmentally-friendly and we kept it up beyond period expected of the badge criteria.

"They also went for this during tough Covid-19 restrictions, which makes it even more special.

"They're so thrilled."

The pupils have encouraged fellow pupils, staff and families to cut down on their electricity usage and also planted seeds for sunflowers and lettuce.

The children even managed to encourage the canteen to reduce its amount of plastic waste.

Siobhan added: "They asked to bring in things like paper straws to reduce the amount of plastic being used.

"It was tough as we were bound by tight restrictions to keep everyone safe from coronavirus, but we managed to make it work without compromising safety."