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Green Shoots is the social inclusion
project of the Green Team, providing programmes of practical conservation work
and environmental education for young people throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians.
Projects visit local green spaces in both town and the countryside. Practical
tasks may include cutting back invasive species, tree
planting, or path work.
part of each session participants explore their relationship with the outdoors
through a variety of environmental games, and develop basic wilderness skills
such as shelter building, fire lighting, outdoor cooking, first aid, map reading
and knife work.
The activities aim to encourage citizenship,
self confidence and develop effective teamwork skills. The aims of Green Shoots
programmes are to;
- Learn a range of basic and practical conservation skills
Increase environmental knowledge and understanding
- Develop respect for the
environment and others (Responsible Citizenship)
- Increase self reliance
through learning basic wilderness skills
- Build self esteem and confidence
- Promote positive behaviour
- Develop cooperation
and teamwork skills (Effective Contributors)
- Encourage participants
to follow instructions and to work responsibly and safely with tools
- Provide opportunities to gain vocational accreditation,
specifically the John Muir Award and the Duke of Edinburghs Award. (Successful
What will young people gain from this
With low student to staff ratios, each young person receives tailored
individual support. Effective methods of learning are quickly identified and participants
are encouraged to develop personal coping strategies and set personal goals for
The informal learning environment and
emphasis on learning practical skills appeal to young people who may have difficulty
achieving success in the classroom. With gained self-esteem and new coping strategies
participants are more likely to be able to adapt to stressful and challenging
situations in school and beyond.
Although it can be
tough at times, sometimes the work is physically demanding, sometimes the weather
is bad and sometimes individuals struggle to manage their behaviour, participants
relish exploring the great outdoors and learning new skills that are real and
The best thing was how I managed
to control my temper (SR)
that working in a team helps you to do other things better,
and its good
to share (NR)
It made me feel better
in school and gave me something to look
forward to (SG)
was a pleasure to hear the students talking about their achievements
the experience has increased the pupils abilities to
cope better in school
and will be a very positive and lasting memory
for all the students
(Behavioural support worker)
Whats coming up in 2013?
Spring Firrhill Forest School will kick off after the mid-term break, once again
operating out of its regular home in Sanctuary Wood.
are afoot to integrate Green Shoots provision into the wider Tynecastle HS Transition
Programme, with a programme beginning in June.The ongoing Referral Programme will
continue to work with more S1 pupils in the first half of 2013. Pupils have already
been selected from 5 schools to participate and Green Shoots is delighted to have
Hannah Rowley on board co-delivering the programme. The programme will once again
bring together pupils from across the city to work on a series of conservation
projects with a view to building confidence, communication skills and teamwork.
knows what adventures and far flung locations the Advanced Residential Group will
undertake come the summer?
After a positive response
to the first Tynecastle HS Forest School it is hoped that the school will be keen
to see more pupils engage in a second programme in the autumn. Referrals for the
current programme are closed, however if you would like to refer a pupil for the
Autumn S3 Referral Programme please click here
for a referral form.
Alternatively you are welcome
to contact Sara Rasmussen (Raz) with any questions or for further details about
engaging young people in Green Shoots programmes; email@example.com
Green Shoots programmes cost £200 per
day or £150 per half day session, up to 4 hours.
your group is unable to afford this then please get in touch as we will make every
effort to accommodate all user groups in this programme.
further information contact: Sara Rasmussen, Green Shoots
Co-ordinator. Examples of recent Green Shoots projects are on the Green
Shoots Blog page.
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