May has been a really busy month for us:

  • Our Green Schools programme has been getting round lots of primary schools in Edinburgh. Amongst others we ran sessions with pupils from St Cuthberts, St Davids, Leith PS, Brunstane PS and Pilrig Park Special School – taking groups out into local greenspaces to learn more about the natural world and to use it to enhance literacy and numeracy, and of course to play and have fun!
  • Green Shoots started new projects with Forresters High School and a multi-school group – over a number of weeks these groups will use conservation tasks and survival skills activities to help young people fulfil their potential.
  • Thrive has continued its work with an ongoing group and has started a new project with CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) – using therapeutic experiences, respite and positive activities in the outdoors to improve mental health.
  • Green Angels has started new projects with all-girl groups from Holyrood High School and Leith Academy, as well as continuing its weekend sessions – using conservation tasks and nature connection activities to develop relationships, build confidence and improve wellbeing.
  • Green Volunteers has continued to offer regular conservation projects at the weekends and during May the group made two trips to Penicuik Estate and undertook a clearance of a section of the Brunstane Burn.
  • We had some fun days of play and exploration too, with our green explorers group spending a day at Bonaly Country Park, 12 sessions of nature play for pre-school children and additional days being held with families from LinkNet Mentoring and children from Edible Estates.

Lots going on, lots of great fun, lots of really positive activities and some important improvements to local greenspaces – great stuff (though we say so ourselves!)