Our school is a Green Flag school which means we take part in the Keep Scotland Beautiful scheme to raise awareness of the environment and how to encourage the nurturing of our wildlife, grow our own food and take care of the world about us. We have been awarded three Green Flags and are continually working towards our next one. Inside the school we have an eco wall to display all our aims, objectives and successes and an eco book which the children add to during their eco club time to document all the work they do. All the children have an opportunity to be part of the eco group and to have time in the garden.
Our garden has mature trees which we have filled with nest boxes for birds and bats, we have hibernation areas for frogs and hedgehogs, vegetable beds to grow a range of food which we share amongst our pupils, herb beds, sensory areas, a greenhouse made from plastic bottles where we grow salads and herbs and a willow tunnel and teepee.
The garden is also a play area with a balancing walk, climbing frame and areas for exploring or hiding. We have picnic benches where the children can eat their snacks and have a good chat! The teaching staff like to use the garden for taking learning outside and, for example, use trees to demonstrate maths, write poetry, create art or just sit and discuss class topics in a nice setting. Nursery have their own vegetable plot and planters and the children come outside to play and explore as part of their daily routines.
The garden is constantly changing and we encourage parents and carers to come and see what we are doing when they are at the school.