Castle Douglas Academy John Muir pupils recently unveiled their School Woodland Information Board. As part of achieving the Award, the young people designed an Information Board to educate others about why their school woodland is special, with help from the Biosphere Explorers Project. Third year pupil Mollie McDowall said: “I really enjoyed drawing the illustrations for the board. It’s great to know that people will look at it for years to come.” The Biosphere Explorers project, funded by The Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership and the Holywood Trust, and run by the Crichton Carbon Centre aims to engage and educate young people about their local environment. Project Officer Shalla Gray was extremely pleased with the outcome “The Information Board looks amazing thanks to the construction skills of the school technician and the design skills of the pupils themselves. Not only did the young people involved learn more about their local environment, but they are able to pass that knowledge on to others”. The new cohort of John Muir Award pupils will continue this work by building bat boxes to put up in the School Wood and by developing a long-term management plan. The school were also awarded 400 tree seedlings by the Woodland Trust which will used as a green corridor to link isolated pockets of trees elsewhere in the school grounds.
Molly McDowall (left), Jessie Black, Aiden McConichie, McKinley Brown and Rhianna Lilley unveil the new Information Board