Community led environmental projects in the Southside of Glasgow.

Children and Young People

Urban Explorers Club

Urban Explorers  is an after school club for 5 – 11 year olds.  Children get a chance to learn about the outdoor environment using community gardens and woodlands to understand where their food comes from and for Forest School activities and learning.

We have made films about rubbish, carried out clean-ups,  grown food, cooked the food that we have grown, made a model eco-village and much more.

The Urban Explorers clubs currently meet at Toryglen Community Base, Stravanan Garden in Castlemilk, Shields Garden in Pollokshields, The Hall in Priesthill and Moss Heights in Cardonald.

For more info contact projects@urbanroots.org.uk

Into the Woods

Into the Woods is a Forest School holiday activity club which we run in both Toryglen and Castlemilk. We spend several days a week in Malls Mire LNR and Castlemilk woods during the holidays out in the woods with a crew of young explorers,  getting our hands VERY dirty,  chasing butterflies,  clambouring up trunks,  lazing in hammocks,  racing snails,  digging up treasure,  unearthing slugs,  beetles and whatever else we find crawling about the depths of the forest floor…

Into the Woods is about freedom,  exploration,  investigation,  discovery,  risk taking,  team work and getting our hands (and faces) mucky…

Schools Grounds Projects

We work closely with primary and secondary schools and  nurseries across the southside of Glasgow.  All schools are signed up to the eco-schools awards programme and we have been helping them with their journey.  Environmental projects fit very well with the new Curriculum for Excellence and have many experiences and outcome across a broad range of subjects.

We have worked with schools to create gardens for growing food – helping teachers learn as they go along,  supporting and building capacity within schools to carry on gardening without us.

We link all our work to environmental education – allowing plenty of time for young people to learn about the natural world and the importance of biodiversity.  We have created wildflower meadows,  planted hedgerows,  created composting areas,  murals and sensory gardens.  We welcome school visits to our Community Gardens where we can provide food and biodiversity activities,  and Malls Mire Community Woodland where we can provide Forest School activities.

Youth Projects

We have worked in partnership with various agencies across the Southside to deliver programmes for young people.  This has included youth projects as well as the Prince’s Trust.

Projects are very hands on and practical, aimed at building skills,  confidence and emotional intelligence in a safe space –  at the same time as contributing to learning about the environment.  We can deliver recognised national awards schemes such as the John Muir Award which help towards employability.

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