A NEW film highlighting the importance of the Ardreer Peninsula has been given the go ahead thanks to funding from Creative Scotland.

Jack Dickson, is behind the project, a follow up to his play, The Girls of Cartridge Hut 7, telling the story of the 10 girls who were killed during an explosion at Nobel.

For the last year, Jack has been focusing on a campaign to save Africa House at Ardeer and also highlight the importance to the environment of the sand dunes.

Shifting Sands is a short film that will chart the importance of the sand dunes, in particular, the marram grass, a plant which grows in the sand.

The grass has to send its slender roots down deep to find water and by doing it the roots bind the sand together and stop it blowing away.

Jack explained: “We are very pleased to announce we have funding from Creative Scotland for a new digi-theatre piece about the Ardeer Peninsula in Stevenston.

“According to everyone from David Attenborough to Chris Packham, sand dunes can provide a highly effective defence against the damage done by the storms and rising sea levels which are all part of climate change’s many threats to our coasts.

“Not a lot of people know about this wonderful relationship between sand and marram grass, I didn’t know until I started doing research and the way in which they work together to protect us.

“I have many happy memories playing in the sand dunes when I was a youngster.”