Elmwood College horticultural staff and students recently worked together with pupils from St Andrews RC High School, Kirkcaldy on their eco project. The project which involved first, second and third year pupils and teaching staff, focused on creating outdoor learning areas, which will enable pupils to use plants for science purposes and classes to be held in the newly designed gardens.
Last year Elmwood helped create a “Bee Corridor” around the boundaries of the school grounds. The idea was to create an environment which would attract bumblebees and honeybees, both endangered species. The school’s eco team approached Elmwood for advice about the best types of plants to use and taking into account the soil type and location of the corridor.
Sixteen pupils from St Andrews RC High School enrolled in the Rural Skills classes this year, delivered by Elmwood College. Using a budget provided by the school, the College’s horticultural staff identified suitable wildflowers and pupils grew the plants over the duration of their course. With the assistance of Elmwood’s Intro to Horticulture students, new lawns were laid, a wide range of trees and shrubs planted, as well as the continuation of the “Bee Corridor”.
Karyn Czudek, Eco co-ordinator and Craft, Design and Technology teacher at St Andrews RC High School, was delighted with the fantastic rapport Elmwood Horticulture experts have developed with the pupils. “The Elmwood staff were very encouraging and supportive. We have a great partnership with Elmwood and I was very impressed that both sets of students worked so well together. The pupils were excited to work on the eco project after seeing the progress in the grounds from last year. We are very fortunate to have such space around the school and we hope to work with Elmwood again in the future.”
Intro to Horticulture students, Teri Ann and Derek said, “It was a good experience for us to go to St Andrews RC High School and assist the pupils with their eco project.”
Lecturer Bruce Robertson, who has been involved throughout the project said, “This has been a classic example of how schools and colleges can work in partnership. It has been a great achievement and has shown how much can be achieved working together. Everyone who took part has done an exceptional job and they should be very proud of themselves.”