Nursery in Aberdeen Achieves First Green Flag Award for Climate and Nature Action

The children at Bright Horizons at 44 St Swithin Day Nursery and Preschool have successfully achieved their first Green Flag Award, in recognition of the various child-centred activities linked to environmental sustainability, as part of the Eco-Schools Programme in Scotland.

The award is a result of the ongoing involvement of the nursery in the Eco-Schools Programme. The initiative is composed of seven steps that nurseries and schools follow, designed to empower young people to make changes that help to protect the environment and develop their understanding of the impact of climate change. Those involved in the programme can achieve the Green Flag Award as recognition and acknowledgement of the ecological achievements of children and young people.

The nursery has been working hard to achieve the Eco-Schools Green Flag status. Their recent activities include taking the children for regular litter picks in the community where they also took part in ‘Clean up Aberdeen Mighty Midsomer Mission’ in June. Families at the nursery have also been inspired by the nurseries litter picking activities, where they have been getting involved by helping to pick up litter on beaches and keeping their streets clean.

Some other eco-activities the nursery is involved in is the nursery working hard to maintain the community garden where the children have been planting, de-weeding, tidying, and adding public displays to the green space. They have been wildlife spotting in the area observing squirrels, birds and insects and growing their own fruit and vegetables in the nursery’s garden area and using the produce with their meals.

Kenzie, Nursery Manager at Bright Horizons at 44 St Swithin said:

“It’s a real achievement for our nursery to have been awarded the Green Flag Award as part of the Eco-School Programme. It’s been great to work in partnership with Bright Horizons at 24 St Swithin Day Nursery who have also been encouraging their children to support their local community’s green spaces. Our children have been so enthusiastic and passionate about protecting our planet through their eco-committees, where they have been having regular meetings to discuss our progress and our next steps to improve our eco-activities even more.

“Through research and being a part of Bright Horizons Future Earth agenda, we have discovered the actions we need to take to make a positive impact on our environment and how we can educate the next generation to become conscious about protecting our planet.”

For more details on our passion for sustainability within our nurseries please visit here. If you would like more information on some of the inspiring activities 44 St Swithin have taken part in, then you can find it on their website.