Schools across Shropshire have been awarded a share of £30,000 to encourage cycling, walking and scooting.

The funding was granted to 24 schools after Shropshire Council were awarded the money from Active Travel England.

All schools in the area were then invited to apply for a grant of up to £1,000 to spend on active travel.

The funds have been allocated to buy scooter and bike racks, purchase scooters, bikes, helmets and safety equipment, and provide for hi-viz jackets and scooter training.

The money can also be used for maintenance kits, Dr Bike sessions, and extra signage.

Kirstie Hurst-Knight, Shropshire Council’s cabinet member for children and education, expressed her happiness at the initiative.

She said: "I’m delighted that we been able to award this funding to schools from across the county to help increase the number of children travelling to school by foot, by bike or by scooter.

"Walking or wheeling to school is a great way for children to keep fit and stay healthy.

"It also helps to reduce the number of vehicles on the roads near schools, so helps to keep children safe too.

"Thank you to all the schools who applied.

"I can’t wait to see the impact of their schemes, and we’re looking forward to working with even more schools in the future."

Among the awarded schools in the area are Ellesmere Primary, Criftins CE Primary, Dudleston Heath, The Marches School, Oswestry, North Shropshire College, Oswestry and St John the Baptist CE, Ruyton-XI-Towns.