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Cradlehall Primary School children's polytunnel project sprouts green-fingered success


By Alasdair Fraser

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Cradlehall Primary school youngsters in their new poly-tunnel
Cradlehall Primary school youngsters in their new poly-tunnel

Cradlehall Primary School youngsters are tackling climate change and contributing to green recovery aspirations with a new polytunnel.

The green-fingered children were able to acquire the polythene-covered frame and composting equipment with backing from the Scottish Government’s Community Climate Asset Fund (CCAF).

The school was awarded a CCAF grant of £9627 in January, with construction of the new facility completed in March.

The CCAF is administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful, with 279 community-based organisations from across Scotland already awarded more than £3.2 million to tackle climate change.

The aim is to build on the contribution that community-based organisations are making to Scotland’s Covid-19 response to help them to play a prominent role in the green recovery.

The fund is also providing capital for a variety of items which can help community-based organisations tackle climate change as Scotland accelerates in transition to a net-zero society.

Cradlehall Primary school youngsters in the new poly-tunnel
Cradlehall Primary school youngsters in the new poly-tunnel

The school plans to reduce carbon emissions by growing its own produce and composting raw food waste.

Head teacher Lawrence Sutherland said: “Our school is delighted to have been awarded the grant.

“We are keen to promote the links between sustainability and citizenship through active learning in our new polytunnel.

“All classes can grow a crop of fruit or vegetables of their own choosing.”


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