CATCA CREATES Climate Challenge Champions

Award winning garden designed in partnership with Larbert High School.

CATCA CREATES Climate Challenge Champions and Larbert High School are celebrating after they won 'Best Innovative Design' at the Royal Horticultural Society Green Plan It competition finals.

CATCA Creates Climate Challenge Champions is a project to engage young people in active travel, food growing, outdoor skills training and waste reduction programmes. The project is run by Communities Along the Carron Association and funded by the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund. Activities delivered in schools include cycle skills training and led rides, food growing and waste reduction sessions.

A group of S2 pupils from Larbert High School entered the Royal Horticultural Society Green Plant It competition, in partnership with CATCA. Over 10 weeks the pupils designed a 3D model for a food producing garden that has potential to be constructed at a local nursing home in the area. The pupils consulted with nursing home residents to create the design, plus supporting documentation.

The completed design presented at the Botanic Gardens in Glasgow included bespoke raised beds for fruit and vegetables, a polytunnel, composting corner, a water feature, workshop, an outdoor fire pit, an aromatic sensory herb garden with seating area and wheelchair access, and colour coded zones and paths which would help residents suffering from dementia to navigate their way round the space. 

In keeping with the principals of using sustainable travel, all journeys were undertaken by train, subway and foot; this included the challenge of transporting their large 3D model!

CATCA express gratitude to RHS assigned mentor Carolyn McKenzie, volunteers Nancy McIntyre and Jean Weir and teacher Mrs Lorna Swinney who led the project with Christine Bell of CATCA.


19 January 2017

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