Scotmid Co-operative Society has donated £2,500 to a project aimed at cultivating schoolchildren’s knowledge and respect for the natural world.
The society has given the money to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) – the international research organisation and charity with four gardens in Edinburgh, Benmore, Dawyck and Logan.
The money means 1,000 children from the Edinburgh area can take part in RBGE’s curriculum-linked schools programme. Youngsters and their teachers will take part in activities such as looking after a small plot of land, sewing vegetable seeds and harvesting the produce. At the end of the cycle, the children harvest what they’ve grown, cook it and eat it.
As well as helping to understand the natural world, the programme includes work on the basics of plant science and the importance of healthy living.
RBGE fundraising officer James Salomons said: “Many children in the area do not have access to a garden in which to learn about the natural world, to experiment in and to play.
“Teachers regularly comment to our staff that they see real changes in the children who come here, particularly those who struggle in a classroom setting. They are often more engaged than usual and are able to learn more as a result.”
Tricia Edington, membership and community manager at Scotmid, said: “This exciting project falls into so many of Scotmid’s grant categories; health promotion, environment, active lifestyles, children and education.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for children within Edinburgh to have fun while learning about the natural world.
“Scotmid aims to make a difference in the communities we operate in and we do this by enabling our customers and members to apply for a Scotmid Community Grant.”
- Find out more about how to apply for a Scotmid Community Grant here.