Greening the School Estate in East Ayrshire

Learning for Sustainability is embedded in Scottish Education.  Greening the School Estate is one example of LfS in EAC schools.  For more information, resources and links to partner organisations see Websites for Support – LfS and Global Citizenship.

This is a new initiative in East Ayrshire (begun in late 2020).  Currently, we are working with 7 pilot schools.

Our Mission

We will value, enjoy, protect and enhance the environments and communities around our schools.

Our young people will learn about the world around them.  They will be allowed to  connect with nature.  They will be encouraged to be sustainable, active and healthy becoming successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.

Our intention is to create rich learning environments while increasing the biodiversity of our school estate.  In doing so, we will contributing to the ‘rewilding’ of our local communities and bring us all into greater contact with the diversity of  nature.  We are working with partners both within and beyond East Ayrshire Council.

‘Biodiversity is a scientific word that simply means the variety of animal and plant life in the world or a particular habitat, a high level of which is usually considered to be important and desirable.’  from Education Scotland – Biodiversity Early Years & Primary Themed Learning resource

To learn more about rewilding see an Introduction to Rewilding by John Muir Trust  and watch this fabulous film from The Scottish Rewilding Alliance

We won’t be introducing beavers and wolves to the school estate but we are making the school grounds interesting for a wide range of  growing things, wildlife and people!

The Greening the Estate project has 3 themes –

 Sustainable Food Growing

 Rewilding Nature – Growing for Wildlife 

Rewilding Young People – Adventure and Exploration Outdoors

Each of the links above will take you to further description of the outcomes for each theme,  links to resources and further inspiration.  This is a work in progress and new material is being added all the time.  Our aim is to create a bank of resources for use in our pilot schools and in any other establishment developing a rich learning environment outdoors.

 

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