Carbost pupils win eco competition

Carbost Primary School have scooped first prize, and £500, in a new eco competition run by renewable energy firm Vattenfall.

Schools from across Skye entered the competition – which looked at eco work carried out throughout the year – with all entries showing an extremely high standard and strong commitment and appreciation of sustainability.

Kyleakin Primary finished in second place and Dunvegan were third, receiving £200 and £100 respectively.

The competition came about after Vattenfall, operators of the Edinbane wind farm, were awarded the Scottish Green Energy Award for best project, prompting local landowner Ruaraidh Hilleary to suggest a new competition for schools.

Jason Ormiston of Vattenfall said: “The children have shown a remarkable depth of interest and knowledge surrounding sustainability.

“All of the children and teachers have put in an immense amount of work and I have been incredibly impressed by the youngsters taking part. I hope that many of the children are inspired to become ecologists and engineers of the future.”

Councillor Drew Millar added: “I am delighted at the quality of entries. It is encouraging that Vattenfall are inspiring youngsters to get involved in environmental matters. I would like to thank Ruaraidh Hilleary for proposing that the Scottish Green Energy Award is brought to Skye.”

Pictured are Carbost teacher Sandy MacPhee, Councillor Drew Millar and Vattenfall’s Jason Ormiston along with the school’s eco committee: Heidi Mathers, Georgia MacDiarmid, Cameron MacKay, Morgan MacKenzie and Aiden Hanley.  Missing is Becky MacLean.