National Lottery Grants for Heritage – £10,000 to £250,000
Many of project participants are from diverse ethnic communities, who have fewer opportunities to engage with nature. This project builds the knowledge of these communities on the themes of biodiversity loss, the climate crisis and soil degradation on a local level. Getting involved in planning and making improvements to their school and community outdoor spaces is boosting physical activity and wellbeing.
My School, My Planet has introduced the world of nature to the children of Walsall, who wouldn't usually engage with their natural heritage.
Project Officer, Learning through Landscapes
Since January 2023, two project officers and a trainee project officer based in Walsall have delivered outdoor learning sessions. These have focused on exploring cultural heritage, surveying school grounds, building the childrens' knowledge, exchanging ideas and planning for change.
Thanks to National Lottery players, Learning through Landscapes has so far achieved:
- 300 hours of outdoor learning
- engagement from 277 children from 16 schools in Walsall
- positive changes in school grounds and community sites by making grants available
- 3,000 litres of topsoil spread to improve soil quality
- engagement from 10 community groups
Jaz Paul, Headteacher at Ryders Hayes School said: “We feel this project will support the school in delivering its core message of pupils understanding their role in the wider world and how their behaviours continue to affect the future generations.”
Work continues with the schools and community groups to improve Walsall's natural spaces through activities such as tree planting, creating wildflower meadows and improving soil quality. Each school and community partner will create a two-year plan to ensure the project has a lasting legacy, and community celebration events will mark milestones in the project.
A Project Officer at Learning through Landscapes said: "My School, My Planet has introduced the world of nature to the children of Walsall, who wouldn't usually engage with their natural heritage."