Cumbernauld marks Eco-Schools success as funding boost for programme is confirmed

Written by Scott Campbell, Cumbernauld Media's Senior Reporter.

Published at 07:55 on 10 July 2015

Eco-schools    Scottish Government

Some eco-schools earn the most prestigious green flag award. Picture: Scott Campbell for Cumbernauld Media.

THE Scottish Government has announced that the Eco-Schools programme which be given a handy funding increase to help the programme grow and flourish.

Fiona McLeod, the Scottish Government’s Acting Minister for Children and Young People confirmed the funding on a visit to Busy Bee Nursery in Fife, earlier this week.

Ms McLeod confirmed that the Scottish Government will make £440,000 of funding available for the internationally recognised environmental schools programme, which is run by Keep Scotland Beautiful. 

The Minister made the announcement during a visit to Busy Bee Nursery in Fife, after the nursery achieved a second green flag award, in February, for its work in teaching children about environmental issues and involving the wider community in sustainable development projects.

Commenting, Ms McLeod said: “I’m delighted we can continue to provide funding for Keep Scotland Beautiful to allow their good work with Scotland’s schools to continue.

“Protecting our natural environment is vital and, by taking part in this programme, children can make a real difference from an early age. These are skills they can take with them through life so they can continue to be environmentally friendly citizens.”

Keep Scotland Beautiful will receive £440,000 funding this year – up £40,000 on last year – to manage the Eco-Schools Scotland programme. 

Over 98 per cent of Scottish schools currently participate in the programme with 3,747 schools registered and 841,835 pupils involved. 

In North Lanarkshire, there are currently 213 schools registered with the Eco-Schools programme; 110 schools hold Green Flag awards, 142 schools hold Silver awards, and 144 schools hold Bronze awards.

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful added: “We welcome the reaffirmation of the Scottish Government’s commitment to fund the Eco-Schools Scotland programme – which provides the foundation for how schools and Early Learning and Childcare Centres engage with learning for sustainability, within curriculum for excellence - until March 2016.

“Keep Scotland Beautiful is committed to supporting all our children and young people to develop the capacities, skills and attributes required for learning, living and working in a changing world and a global context.

“I would like to acknowledge the dedication of the thousands of educators, like those at Busy Bee Nursery in Newport-on-Tay, without which the programme wouldn’t be the success it is; reaching more than 800,000 children and young people across Scotland.”

Cumbernauld is well-represented in the programme, with around 30 local schools involved in the project, including Abronhill Primary School, Greenfaulds High School, Kildrum Primary School, and Our Lady’s High School. 

The following institutions in Cumbernauld are involved with the Eco-Schools programme:

1. Abronhill Primary School
2. Auchinbee Children's Nursery
3. Baird Memorial Primary School
4. Carbrain Primary School
5. Condorrat Primary School
6. Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Nursery and Out of School Care
7. Cumbernauld Campus Nursery
8. Cumbernauld Primary School
9. Eastfield Primary School
10. Glencryan School
11. Greenfaulds High School
12. Happitots Day Nursery Cumbernauld
13. Kildrum Family Learning Centre
14. Kildrum Primary School
15. Little Hands Nursery
16. Our Lady's High School
17. Ravenswood Primary School
18. Redburn School
19. St Andrew's Primary School & Nursery Class
20. St Helen's Primary School & Nursery Class
21. St Lucy's Primary School
22. St Margaret of Scotland Primary School
23. St Mary's Primary & Nursery School
24. St Maurice's High School
25. Step By Step Nursery Cumbernauld
26. The Scottish School for Children with Motor Impairment
27. Tiny Tots Nursery & After School
28. Westfield Primary School
29. Whitelees Primary School
30. Woodlands Primary School