Summer Break for Scottish Schools!

This week signaled our final IGA school sessions in Lourdes Secondary, St Mungo’s Academy, and Drumchapel High. Over the last term we have worked with groups of students from across 1st to 6th year on topics and activities relating to climate change, food growing, planting, secrets of soil, and much more!

During this time students have learned key gardening skills, debated issues of climate change and food insecurity, and made a range of new non-human friends – including Tim the giant worm! When asked what they have enjoyed the most about the classes many students note being outdoors and learning more about the world. As one student wrote “I have enjoyed the garden classes because they are fun” and we are delighted that it has been as fun for the students as it has been for us.

We are so proud of all of the students that have taken part and look forward to working with the schools again after the summer break. As our work pauses in Scotland it continues in Leeds, with more garden classes and growing initiatives underway.

Building Non-Human Worlds

As the weather heats up across the UK our garden activity continues to develop at a rapid pace. Development of our food growing site at Drumchapel High continues to take shape with students planting corn, radishes, peas, strawberries, and blackberries in the raised beds. The peas were grown from seed by the group – revived from near death by Ally – and the students were pleased to finally be able to plant them outside.

The group at Lourdes Secondary are also continuing with their pea growing and have been preparing the raised beds for planting outside next week. The group undertook an exercise on the environment, thinking carefully about issues of rubbish and recycling. After a successful litter pick across the garden, students reused some of the rubbish that they found and turned these into bird feeders to place in the garden.