The Young People’s Trust for the Environment’s (YPTE) ‘Roots to Green Living’ is funded by the Heathrow Community Fund and has seen an Education Officer from YPTE visiting each of the schools for a day a month to assist them in developing their school grounds for environmental education.
Through Roots to Green Living, all of the participating schools received a grant of £1,000 to buy new gardening tools and plants.
Oldfield Primary School, in Greenford, used its grant to buy new raised beds, plants and tools to convert a disused area of school grounds into a productive growing space.
At St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School, Ealing, they created a new vegetable patch with six raised beds and a new sensory garden area for the Reception children.
Meanwhile at Oaklands Primary, in Hanwell, the money added to the substantial funding they had already raised to create a new environmental area.
Their pond already has a healthy newt population, while the outdoor classroom provides a shelter for children to learn about nature and a quite space to reflect.
Finally, at Perivale Primary School, the grant was used to buy raised beds, soil and a watering system for their new polytunnel which provides a shelter for children to learn about gardening even in winter months.
YPTE education officer Mariel Harrison said: “It has been lovely to see how much the children have learned from the project.
"They really love the opportunity to get outdoors and to learn more about the natural world. I hope I’ve inspired some environmentalists of the future.”
YPTE’s director Peter Littlewood said: “We have now operated Roots to Green Living at schools in Somerset and London and it has had a massively positive impact.
"Being able to learn about the natural world in such a practical way works really well for pupils of all ages and abilities.
"I hope we’ll be able to do more in the future for schools here and in other parts of the country too.”