Schools and Green Communities

One of the keys to solving our ecological issues is to get schools engaging with locals. A lot of young people are very aware of environmental issues. With eco projects schools can involve locals and create green communities. Thinking about their future, how they would like it to be and what they can do to act.

Schools and green communities

Some bee-friendly flowers at Grove Academy community garden

Jon spoke to a secondary school, Grove Academy in Dundee not so long ago. They had a chat about sharing some eco ideas and how they can promote themselves better. The school already has a community garden, Grove Garden which is now well established. They have even set up an app (http://grovegardenapp.co.uk) with primary school pupils. You can scan QR codes around the garden so you can identify plants and flowers. They were looking for some ideas as to how they can be more visible. So, the plan is to get people engaging with them more.

schools and green communities

Boat bug hotel at Grove Academy community garden

Other ways schools and newly formed green communities can work together is by involving local green organisations. We recently wrote about another organisation, Andover Trees United who do tree-based teaching for children. Working with local children they teach them about trees and how to look after them. Passing knowledge onto the younger generation and inspiring them is vital to making our world more sustainable. Therefore, creating the link between themselves, school children and ultimately the schools themselves.

schools and green communities

Grove Academy working hard in their community garden

London initiatives

In London there are similar initiatives and we are looking to work with schools and children to pass on knowledge. There was a project in April that we were hoping to get involved in with Eltham Enviros. Introducing ourselves to the local community and doing some workshops. At Green STEM fest back in February we did a workshop to grow vegetables from scraps. It proved to be very popular and we planned to do something similar again in Eltham until the lockdown hit. Let’s hope we can do something soon!

Although, we have spent our time well, improving our presence online and promoting ourselves on the web. We are doing a competition at the moment about pollinators. You have another week now to enter, the closing date is 7th June. Our family quiz will be on the same day, Sunday at 5pm via Zoom.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Support Eco projects in your community

Support eco projects in your community - Clitterhouse farm herb garden

Clitterhouse Farm herb garden

If you take a look around your local area you can always find community initiatives to help the environment. In order to support eco projects in your community all you need to do is find out what’s happening locally. Jon found a great little project near Cricklewood and Brent Cross, Clitterhouse Farm. He bought some plants from them, here was his shopping list:

– 2 x Tomato plants
– 2 x Jerusalem artichoke plants
– 3 x Swiss chard
– 2 x Cosmos
– 2 x Nasturtiums
– 1 x Large pot (to re-pot an existing plant)

Support eco projects in your community - Clitterhouse farm

Clitterhouse Farm

They have a great community garden where people can help out by cultivating vegetables and growing flowers. It looks really beautiful and the whole area has a very pleasant and relaxing vibe to it. While I was there Thomas (one of the founding directors) was working on the recently planted herb garden. It was already starting to look impressive! Speaking to Patrick (farm garden manager) I understood how enthusiastic they were about the project. It’s located in a forgotten area of London and they have ambitious plans to convert the derelict Victorian buildings nearby too. All with keeping sustainability in mind.

One of the key components to their mission: ‘We are passionate about sustainability and reducing our impact on the environment. We are guided by the 10 Principles of One Planet Living.’

Support eco projects in your community - Clitterhouse Farm

Clitterhouse Farm

So, Jon was impressed with what that were doing and felt his small contribution at least went some way to helping them. It seems as if anyone can volunteer there too so when things return to normal Jon is thinking about heading down.

Tree Adoption

Adopting a newly planted tree locally was something else Jon discovered he could do too. Particularly within their first year newly planted trees need plenty of water. So, when the weather is dry Jon heads over to one of his local streets and waters it. There was also the suggestion to fill the area around it with soil and plant some flowers. Helping the local area look more pleasant and cared for, and a chance to attract some bees too.

Adopting a tree

Support eco projects in your community by simply keeping an eye out to see what’s going on locally. Jon found both these projects through his community facebook page in Willesden Green. So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and start making a difference!