SEVERAL Wee County nurseries have each been awarded £200 towards litter picking initiatives in their areas.

ABC Nursery, Clackmannanshire Secondary Support Service, and Flying Start Nursery have been given the funds through the 2020 national Wrigley Litter Less campaign.

Those three are among the 28 schools and nurseries in Scotland to receive funding for the year, which will pay for a litter campaign for their community.

Previously, funded schools have carried out beach cleans, installed new bins and signs, and purchased litter-picking equipment.

The Clacks youngsters were on hand to showcase their litter-picking skills at West End Park in Alloa recently.

Daniel Barrie, education and learning manager at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: "Communities across Scotland are struggling to stem the tide of litter that is sweeping across the nation.

"It's an issue everyone can do something about, and we hope that the Wrigley Litter Less campaign gives young people the opportunity to put their ideas into action to take on littering and help us to keep Scotland beautiful."

With communities Scotland-wide continuing to suffer from increasing amounts of litter, the campaign hopes to encourage children to help tackle the problem and think about their own littering behaviours.

Litter Less is an annual campaign organised in Scotland by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful – and has been running for six years.

Since 2012, the campaign has given away more than £50,000 in grants to schools across the country to fund the fight against litter.