A key aim of Eco-Schools is to involve your whole school and the wider community. It is important that everyone in the school has the opportunity to be involved in your Eco-Schools projects.
Video - Community
Watch this video to find out how to engage your school and wider community in the Eco-Schools Scotland Programme
Beautiful Scotland - Get Involved
Beautiful Scotland is a community environmental improvement campaign run by Keep Scotland Beautiful in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society. The programme supports community groups across Scotland to improve their local environment. Many Beautiful Scotland groups work with local schools.
It's Your Neighbourhood - Get Involved With Your Local Group
Keep Scotland Beautiful's community environmental improvement initiative managed in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society under the Britain in Bloom campaign.
How can we involve the community?
Although the Eco-Committee is the group responsible for leading Eco-Schools activities, the whole school must be informed about activities and have the opportunity to be involved.
Eco-Schools begins in the classroom and spreads to the wider community, giving pupils a chance to make real change. Throughout your Green Flag journey, you will have the opportunity to involve members of the community and to work in partnership with local businesses, community council, neighbouring schools and other organisations on larger projects, making your school a focal point in the community.
Involving the Community could involve:
- Presentations at assembly.
- Your Eco-Schools noticeboard.
- Joint projects with a nearby school, nursery or organisation.
- Providing information to your Parent Council.
- A display in a community spot e.g. a library or church.
- A suggestion box for pupils to share their ideas.
- Letters to parents and carers.
- Posts on social media.
- Articles in the school's newsletter or website.
- Posters displayed in your community.
- Letters to local business, government or neighbouring schools.
- A whole school day of action.
- Articles in local newspapers.
- Visitors to the school to provide advice or help.
- Sharing the results of Measuring your projects.
- Celebration to raise your Green Flag.
Involving the Community - Case Studies
Children and staff at Cardonald Nursery cleaned up an area of land near to the nursery so it can be used for outdoor learning. A great example of partnership working with a local authority, community involvement and instilling a sense of place in young children. Read more.
Monquhitter Primary School
Parents, pupils, community members and staff worked together on Ground Force Day at Monquhitter Primary School, an annual event to maintain the school grounds. Read more.
Nithsdale Road Nursery
Children at Nithsdale Road Nursery have involved community groups and nearby schools in their work on Litter and School Grounds. Read more.