Castlepark Primary finally unveiled their new eco-friendly playground last week – after the community rallied round to help win it in a competition.

Earlier in the year schools were given a chance to win a new playground made from recycled plastics, with community members encouraged to get involved by voting online.

Castlepark was one of only five Scottish schools to make the final, and 32 from across the UK, with residents fighting to keep the school in the number one spot during a tense few hours before the race ended.

The school’s campaign was led by Castlepark Parent Council alongside Annie Wylie, the school’s eco coordinator.

Elynn Crone, head teacher at Castlepark Primary said: “We are very excited to be unveiling our new sustainable playground.

“Our community, from parents and carers to pupils, has worked so hard to inspire everybody to vote – we knocked on doors, emailed and gave out leaflets. It is such a rewarding experience for our young people – their hard work paid off.”

John Bell, North Ayrshire Cabinet member for Education said: “The young people, staff and everyone involved put in so much work and we are sure they will love their new playground. The pupils have not only learnt about recycling and the environment but also about the community spirit and working as a team.

“We are sure this new play area will be a huge asset and make Castlepark an even better place to learn and have fun.”