Edinburgh pupil wins £500 for his school through cleaning up Oxgangs

A nature-loving schoolboy with a passion for keeping his community litter-free has been lauded by Scotland’s national walking charity – winning a £500 voucher for his school as a result.

By Shona Elliott
Wednesday, 2nd June 2021, 12:30 pm

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Paths for All has announced Oxgang Primary School pupil, Dylan Campbell as its “Spring Path Days” campaign winner, after he was put forward by his proud mother.

The voucher will be used on den building kits to help promote the school’s outdoor learning programme which all pupils will be able to benefit from.

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Oxgang Primary School pupil, Dylan Campbell as its “Spring Path Days” campaign winner.

Spring Path Days was a national competition open to families which ran throughout April to encourage young children and families to reconnect with nature, challenging participants to share story or photograph of how they spent time outdoors.

The six-year-old’s mum, Caroline Moriarty from Kirkintilloch, said: “Winning this prize has been a big incentive for Dylan to continue spending time outdoors and helping within the local community – he was so excited when he heard that he won the school prize.

“I heard about the competition I thought why not? It was easy to apply so I submitted an entry for both Dylan and my four-year-old daughter Rebecca.

“A few months ago, we were given litter-pickers by the local community centre so when we go on walks Dylan and his sister collect rubbish. It’s taught them to respect the environment.

Acting Depute Head Teacher at Oxgang Primary School Graham Bowman with competition winner Dylan Campbell.

“Oxgang Primary School is also looking to get litter-pickers so that more children can join in - if you give them the tools, they will do amazing things.”

Acting Depute Head Teacher at Oxgang Primary School Graham Bowman said: “We are all delighted for Dylan and look forward to testing out the den building kits as soon as they arrive at the school – we have a few hundred excited children.”

Dylan also won a den building kit for their own adventures, to reflect their good work in the community and taking part in the competition.

Senior Manager at Paths for All Rona Gibb said: “We hope Dylan and his family, and the children at Oxgang School enjoy building their dens and continuing their adventures in nature."

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