Jewson Sustainability Awareness Award for an Eco Team or Club 2014/15 

‘Creating Nature Gardens & Promoting Tree Planting to Improve our Local Community’ 
Abronhill Primary School & Nursery Class, Cumbernauld, Scotland 
Nominated by: Gillian Hanlon  
Abronhill Primary School and Nursery Class was commended for its nature garden and tree planting programme to improve the environment. Children have been busy working to enhance their playground, as well as a nearby woodland walk. Pupils spent hours weeding and planting bulbs, as well as new trees, vegetables and flowers. Children also left out bird seed, identified rare species of wildlife, spotted insects and worked with the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Scottish Parliament. 
The school also set up an Eco Committee and School Grounds Committee to keep all 233 children, and teachers taking part in the project, informed. 
Blair Marshall, 11, said: “My favourite thing about outdoor learning is the woodland walk. I enjoy climbing the trees,” he said. 
Beth Frew, 10, also said: “I am so happy we got this award as the school has worked very hard.” 
Liam Boyce, nine, added: “I am very happy the school got the award and I hope that we keep working hard to help improve our woodland walk.” 
Mrs Jane Stocks is the acting head teacher at the school and said: “We are delighted to have received the Jewson Sustainability Awareness Award in recognition of the hard work and commitment shown by the staff, children, families and friends who belong to our school community. This has been an excellent achievement and has allowed us to showcase the wide range of activities we participate in to raise awareness of looking after our local community and the wider world.” 
Kelly Griffiths is the Organiser for the Community Education Awards and added: “Abronhill Primary School has carried out fantastic work to enhance their school gardens and promote sustainability within the community. 
“The judges were impressed by the sheer variety of work and the standards obtained by the hard work of children and staff. Well done to everyone involved.” 
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