The education work we do with nurseries and schools is lots of fun - both for the children and teachers who take part AND for our Waste Education team themselves! Throughout the year we hold loads of eco events, competitions and workshops and we're always impressed by how keen the kids are to learn about composting, reducing waste, reusing materials and of course recycling things that we don't need any more.

To celebrate a wonderful school year this year and all their eco activities, we held a special event at Holyrood Park Education Centre, and invited all our schools and nurseries along.

Children came from all over Edinburgh to take part in our event. We had Bright Horizons Cramond, Brunstane Primary, Fort Early Years, Liberton Primary, St Leonards Nursery, The Cornerhouse Day Nursery and Viewforth Child and family Centre. What a lovely bunch they all are!
The children got to hunt for bugs with Gus and his gang from Earth Calling, make binoculars from reused tubes, make greenhouses from reused bottles, make ‘Eco’ orange bird feeders for the garden, and take part in lots of other fun activites too.
We rounded off the day with a special prize giving ceremony, honouring everybody's brilliant efforts and rewarding their good work to make their schools and nurseries greener. Here are the prizewinners (in no particular order):
  • Finish Your Food prize went to Bright Horizons Cramond who reduced their waste by a whopping 87% on Finish Your Food day.They won the Finish Your Food trophy and £100.
  • Our Poster competition was won by The Corner House Nursery; they won a £40 voucher.
  • The best compost bin sample was won by Viewforth Child and Family Centre who got a trophy and £100.
  • The runner up was St Leonards nursery who won £50.
  • The best wormery sample was won by the Fort Early Years Centre who won a trophy and £100. The winner of the Compost Critters competition was Mathew from Brunstane. He won a voucher for the Bike Station.

We had a fantastic day and we hope all the children and teachers did too. We take pride in making learning fun, from composting and garden creepy crawlies to educating children (and teachers!) about food waste. If you'd like more information about our Waste Education activities, or our menu of services, visit the Schools page on our website, or email the Waste Education team today. And well done again to the wonderful nurseries and schools we've worked with!