Scottsville Primary in Pietermaritzburg is one of six schools in SA to have been selected for the UNEP project: Global Search for Sustainable Schools, implemented by the African Conservation Trust.
With the funding the school earned through its environmental efforts, it decided to encourage biodiversity back into the school grounds, by rehabilitating a grassed quad, transforming it to an indigenous garden that represented different mini-biomes including grassland, wetland, forest floor, prehistoric and a succulent garden.
Imagine going from 0 to more than 40 plants species from one day to the next!
This outdoor classroom will be used for so many lessons and, most important, will help to develop an appreciation for nature and for the incredible natural heritage in the area.
Carmen Cawood, the Eco-club coordinator, said, “We are so excited by this project. As school excursions become more difficult and costly to run, we can now bring nature to our learners. I am so excited to see how this garden grows and takes shape in the next year … this is such an incredible contribution to bringing nature back into our school and city!”