Community: School Engagement
North Berwick Nursery School: The nursery has been awarded its third Green Flag for the EcoSchools programme. Their playground is a wildlife garden, outdoor learning space and playground all in one. It is home to a native wildlife hedge, a wild corner, a water butt to collect rainwater and a log pile. A bird-cam allows the children to follow the progress of their nesting box, and they feed the birds daily. Garden waste is composted whilst a wormery deals with food waste. The children plant, grow and tend their own fruit and vegetables. NBIB volunteers join in with these activities and are available for encouragement and advice.
Law Primary School: Every Friday morning a NBIB volunteer and a gardening club volunteer help run a primary six gardening club at Law Primary. We've planted bulbs, hung bird boxes (blue tits were popping in and out inspecting them two weeks ago!!), tidied up leaves in the sensory garden and gone online to find new plants for it. A team of NBIB volunteers paid a 'Hit Squad' visit to the garden in the autumn to prepare it for the children's replant in the spring.
The children also planted pots of daffodils and tulips to take to the Scone Cafe later in the spring. The Scone cafe is a drop in social club that runs on a Monday afternoon in the Abbey Church hall.
In December NBIB and Marie Curie volunteers and council ground staff helped pupils plant 500 Wordsworth daffodils in an area of the school grounds.
With NBIB's help the primary school has entered a pallet garden (see them here) into the last eight Gardening Scotland shows, winning a Gold Medal each time. This year the nursery also entered, winning a silver gilt medal. In June 2019, the P6s held a climate change conference to which NBIB were invited. Our participation in the group discussing trees has resulted in three of the pupils raising funds to buy some sorbus trees for the Lodge. They helped to plant them in November and will continue to water and care for them.
North Berwick High School was the first High School in East Lothian to achieve the Green Flag award. In the extra-curricular Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, participants can choose a horticulture module. A NBIB volunteer attended the S6 Leavers' Fair to promote volunteering opportunities for senior pupils with NBIB. In addition, 'The Cafe in the Lodge' is a Social Enterprise run by twelve High School students along with a Team and Project Leader over the summer holidays.
We are happy to get involved in any aspect of gardening and environment with our local schools.