Children and staff from a Dumbarton nursery helped clean up their community last week.

Ten youngsters from Carousel Nursery on Glasgow Road filled up four bags of rubbish, as they linked up with McDonald's at St James Retail Park for a litter pick.

The group of three to five year olds lent a helping hand as they headed to East End Park and along the cycle path, before returning to the fast food outlet for a free lunch as a reward for their hard work.

McDonald's assistant manager Leah Coleman, who organised the litter pick, told the Reporter: "The kids did really well. McDonald's do litter picks as part of our Planet Champion award and we paired up with the nursery to make it more of a community project. We are aiming to meet up three times a year to do a litter pick."

Their efforts on February 6 are just one of several ways, the nursery is making a difference in the local community.

Last year they made donations to West Dunbartonshire Community Foodshare, after holding a harvest and Christmas toy appeal, and they also make visits to Strathleven Care Home to sing to residents.

Emma Bunch, the nursery's assistant manager, added: "Leah used to work at the nursery and wanted to do something in the community.

"We went round with litter pickers and looked for rubbish. The children are learning about looking after the environment and we had a great time."