Hillhead High School Garden
~~Hillhead Secondary School, in central Glasgow, Scotland, aims to increase outdoor learning opportunities for their students. Last year, a whole year group (100 students) participated in the John Muir Award to learn and engage with the natural environment. The school would like to build on their outdoor learning opportunities by establishing a small food growing project on the school’s premises.
Start Sowing will establish the first food-growing site at the school. The main goal of the project is to provide an educational opportunity for students at the school to learn about food growing. At present, the school grounds include lawn areas, tarmaced areas and some planters for perennial shrubs and flowers. We would like to use our grounds more productively.
50 students – half who are working towards their John Muir silver award (www.jmt.org/jmaward-schoolsandcolleges.asp), and half who are involved with a Princes Trust (www.princes-trust.org.uk) will take part in development and maintenance of the garden. These students will be involved in 6 workshops run by local environmental charity, Woodlands Community Development Trust (www.woodlandscommunitygarden.org.uk), over the spring and summer of 2014. These workshops will link into Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence and will include:
1 – where can you grow food and site design
2 – building raised beds
3 – choosing what to grow
4 – How to sow seeds and nurture seedlings
5 – biodiversity and pests
6 – harvesting your crop and making a meal
The school has nearly 1000 students, and these students will also be able to take part in gardening activities and use the site through lessons and after school activities.
Students will learn practical skills such as garden design, horticultural skills, teamwork etc. and also benefit through increased opportunities for outdoor learning.
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