A DOUNE seven-year-old has been named a Lockdown Litter Hero by Scotland's environmental charity.

Keep Scotland Beautiful has awarded the status to the town's Jack Silocks in recognition of his efforts during lockdown to keep up the area he lives in.

Despite his young age, Jack has already been cleaning up after others for a number of years, ever since he received a litter picker from his great grandmother.

Jack said: “I like litter picking because I want to make sure that animals living near us have a safe place to live.

“I want Doune and everywhere to look clean.

“I think we shouldn’t litter because it makes a mess.”

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Once lockdown started, the seven-year-old was particularly upset to see the amount of litter in his area get worse, so he made a video telling people why litter is bad for the environment.

With the support of the area's very own Judy Murray, the video reached far and wide, amassing tens of thousands of views.

Having been awarded Lockdown Litter Hero status, Jack will receive a kit of goodies to help him with future litter picks, courtesy of Keep Scotland Beautiful's partner Helping Hand Environmental.

Lindsay Richmond-Kearns, communities and partnerships manager at Helping Hand Environmental, said: “We’re delighted to be working again with Keep Scotland Beautiful to celebrate litter heroes who have been tackling lockdown litter.

“Without these passionate individuals who are committed to making a difference by picking up other people’s litter, local neighbourhoods across Scotland would look a lot worse.

“We need less people dropping litter in the first place.”