Find updates on play, learning, and the environment, from across the wider network in Scotland – and beyond.

4thJuly 2024

New maps show how the climate is changing in each UK constituency

This article in The Conversation (1 July, 2024) shares  a series of maps that show both how the climate has changed over the past two generations in each constituency, and how it will change over the next decade. These maps consider changes in rainfall and hottest days across several parameters and [...]

4thJuly 2024

The Great UK WaterBlitz results are in…

Earlier this month, over 2,600 people across the UK went out and measured the water quality of their local freshwater bodies. Earthwatch UK report on the results of their Great UK WaterBlitz. The Solway Tweed river basin district showed the best health with only 50% of data points showing unacceptable levels of nutrient [...]

4thJuly 2024

Nevis Junior Rangers go wild

The John Muir Trust June newsletter Field Notes, described what happened when the latest Nevis Junior Rangers swapped classroom-based learning for discovering, exploring and conserving wild places.

4thJuly 2024

Scorching schoolyards: California groups want more trees, less asphalt at schools

Greenspace Scotland have shared this article describing how schoolyards are hot and getting hotter. Researchers and advocates are pushing the state to allocate money for green schoolyards, which can include trees, grass or gardens in place of asphalt or rubber play surfaces at most schools. Find this story and more [...]

4thJuly 2024

East Lothian completes Play Sufficiency Assessments

The Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 introduced new duties on planning authorities to assess the sufficiency of outdoor play opportunities for children and young people in their area and use the assessments to inform their Local Development Plan. Greenspace Scotland have shared the news that East Lothian is one of the [...]

4thJuly 2024

Stronger Starts funds Selkirk school sensory garden

Greenspace Scotland share how Selkirk High School staff and pupils have transformed an area of unused waste ground on the school grounds into a blooming nurture sensory garden with relaxing areas to enjoy the outdoors and observe wildlife. Find this story and more in Greenspace Scotland Monthly e bulletin June [...]