Angus schools urged to turn over new LEAF with outdoor learning programme

Angus schools are being invited to join a programme run by Keep Scotland Beautiful which focuses on the importance of the country’s forested areas.

The charity recently expanded its Learning about Forests (LEAF) initiative after more than 50 establishments participated in the pilot programme.

LEAF, a programme from the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), advocates outdoor learning and hands-on experiences, resulting in pupils gaining a deeper and more involved understanding of the natural world.

Its key aims are to reconnect children and young people of all ages with natural environments while promoting and expanding outdoor education and improving their knowledge of forest-based ecosystems.

The LEAF pilot programme, which ended earlier this year, was a fantastic success with 53 schools and nurseries across 21 local authorities taking part.

Nicola Davidson, Keep Scotland Beautiful education and learning officer, said: “LEAF is a fantastic opportunity for schools and nurseries to get involved in a project that supports mental and physical health of pupils and teachers, as well as giving pupils the opportunity to expand their learning in an outdoor environment."

Numbers for the second LEAF programme are limited and schools are encouraged to enroll early. Registration forms must be completed before the beginning of October. Visit LEAF | Keep Scotland Beautiful for details.