Peebles youngsters embrace the environment in new gardening scheme

A community garden near Peebles taught young children about sustainability and growing their own food.

Newlands Nursery received funding from Edinburgh University to encourage the youth to engage in environmental activities.Pippa Lobban, a community gardener from Newlands, said, “We are really focused on sustainability right now, especially at COP26. We’ve had activities like composting, saving water, learning where our food comes from, trying to cut our food miles down, using peat-free compost, they’ll be the ones who have to fight climate change in the future so hopefully they’ll learn the outdoors to love and respect, and hopefully all of these measures do.

“Pulling a carrot out of the ground and wondering why is there a carrot underneath? What’s it hiding in the ground? You see it in stores, but it’s really important to pull it out of the ground. We need to eat more local foods and learning how to make them is such an important skill. So if you’ve grown them you’re more likely to eat everything up because you know how long it takes to grow and care for them. “

The center hopes to involve local people from the wider community in the Newlands Grow Your Own project.

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