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.
An article detailing some more of the work we are doing in this area can be found on Nature Kids Glasgow.
Schools Global Footprint is a comprehensive programme devised by Learning Teaching Scotland and the World Wildlife Fund. The programme is aimed at raising awareness of climate change and looks at 7 unit areas: Making Connections, Food, Energy, Buildings, Transport, Waste and Water.
Within each unit, participating classes are encouraged to measure the ‘footprint’ of the school, and through games and activities come up with an action plan for the school to reduce it’s consumption.
Urban Roots can work with schools to support delivery of the Schools Global Footprint. Our trained staff can help teachers understand the issues and can add ideas or creative input into lessons.
The Explorers Club meets at the Toryglen Community Halls in Prospecthill Circus where we are developing a children’s garden. Children get a chance to learn about the outdoor environment using the garden to understand where their food comes from, and Malls Mire Community Woodland for Forest School activities and learning.
We have made films about rubbish, carried out clean-ups, grown food, made a model eco-village and much more. The children who attend the group range from 5 to 12.
Explorers meets 4pm – 5pm on a Monday. For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
See here for the blog from the Prince’s Trust team – Getting Started in Urban Spaces.