The sun shone brightly on the beautiful surroundings of the Holyrood Park Education Centre as Changeworks' Waste Education Team held their annual end of year Celebratory Event for primary and nursery schools recently. The event marked the end of a series of waste reduction activities the schools had participated in throughout the year.

Heidi and Joe, Changeworks’ Waste Education Officers, welcomed children from Nari Kallyan Shango Childcare Facility, Corner House Day Nurseries from both Spylaw Road and South Gillsland Road and Summerside Kindergarten.

Nursery and primary schools from across Edinburgh were invited to attend a morning of fun activities and a visit from wildlife educators, Earth Calling, who brought along a variety of bugs and beasties for children to look at. Some children were even brave enough to have snails crawling on their noses! 

The theme for the day was 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle' and the activities were all about reusing materials that could also be recycled. Children were able to turn old CD's into sparkly bird scarers for the vegetable garden and large plastic bottles were transformed into mini greenhouses planted up with beans and sunflowers. Some children were also very busy making other plastic bottles into flowers for their nursery garden. Heidi and Joe were very keen that all the refreshments were eaten and that no food waste was left!

Awards and trophies were given in recognition of the hard work by pupils and teachers to tackle waste in their school during the previous year:

‘Finish your Food’ trophy and £100 prize

Wardie Primary School was awarded the trophy and £100 prize for a fantastic reduction of 60% in their food waste.

In second place was St Ninians’ Primary School with a 57% reduction in their food waste.

‘What Rot!’ trophy and prize

Corner House Spylaw was awarded the trophy and £100 prize for the best compost sample.

Poster competition

Corner House Spylaw won a £25 DIY voucher for a brilliant poster all about the environmental work they had done at the nursery over the past year, with lots of children’s drawings and comments.

Corner House South Gillsland Road came second and won a bird feeder and bird seed.

Scavenger hunt

Jamie from Corner House Nursery won the Scavenger Hunt and was awarded a DIY gift card in the form of mini watering can.

Well done to all the schools who took part! Keep up the good work!

Changeworks Waste Education services are available to early years, primary and secondary schools in Edinburgh and are funded by the City of Edinburgh Council. If you would like your school to take part in the 2014-15 school term of interactive, curriculum linked activities, email or call 0131 555 4010 and ask to speak to me, Heidi Docherty, or my colleague Joe Alves in the Waste Education team.

Let’s work together to inspire Scotland’s young people to live, work and play sustainably!


Heidi Docherty is Changeworks' Waste Education Officer