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Green Heritage Youth Project

EWH is helping a local nursery class create their own garden, inspired by an Edwardian example.

Feb 22, 2013

The project is part of EWH’s Green Heritage Youth Project, funded by the Climate Challenge Fund, and aims to promote the themes of energy efficiency, biodiversity and active travel within the World Heritage Site. Working with the Royal Mile Primary School Nursery Class, EWH will help the children create a garden as a living exhibit in the Museum of Childhood.

In 1903, the first nursery school in Scotland, the Edinburgh Free Kindergarten was opened in Galloway's Entry in the Canongate. Within the next 30 years, six more of these kindergarten schools were opened in Edinburgh’s Old Town. Each nursery had a ‘child garden’ where the children that attended the school spent much of their time, planting and tending the garden as well as caring for class pets.

Inspired by that heritage, the nursery children will be decorating recycled planters, and growing their own herbs and vegetables which they will maintain and harvest. The project aims to be an exploration of the historic story of nursery schools in Edinburgh, as well as the concepts of plant lifecycles and food growth.

A total of 26 children will be involved growing a variety crops including melons, carrots, courgettes, runner beans, aubergines and salad leaves. Once harvested, the vegetables will be used by the nursery as ingredients for the daily snack time at nursery.

Above: St Saviour's Child Garden in the Canongate, www.capitalcollections.org.uk.

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