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Ross-shire school among Climate Week Challenge winners

Fire hose pumps flood water
Image caption Maryburgh pupils came up with an idea for a giant pipe to distribute water

A Ross-shire school has won a category in what has been described as the UK's biggest environmental competition.

Maryburgh Primary School won the Climate Week Challenge prize for the five to seven age group.

The pupils suggested a giant pipe should encircle the Earth to divert flood waters to drought-hit regions.

Pupils from schools on Islay and Arran and in Dumfriesshire and Helensburgh were also finalists and commended in the inaugural competition.

Their entries were judged by footballer Gary Neville, singer KT Tunstall, scientist Catherine Senior and TV presenters Liz Bonnin and Ben Fogle.

Kevin Steele, founder of Climate Week, said the panel was impressed by Maryburgh Primary's lateral thinking.

Teacher Muriel Thomson said the recent events in Japan had set pupils thinking along the lines of the pipe.

She said: "We were delighted with the way they set about this task.

"They worked well as a group and used their initiative. Each member had input and they discussed fully how their ideas would work."

Heating system

Pupils from Keills Primary on Islay were seven to eleven age group finalists with an idea for a solar-powered ferry, while Brodick Primary on Arran was commended for a wind-powered train.

In the 11 to 14 section, youngsters from Wallace Hall Academy in Dumfriesshire were finalists with their Rain-a-Drain project.

Hermitage Academy in Helensburgh was a finalist in the 14 to 16 age group with an idea for an optimised heating system.

Academy pupils were also finalists in the higher education section with their vision of a wind-powered world.

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