Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Welcome back everyone - R U Up 4 It once again?

Don't know about you but the highlight of our summer has been the fantastic growing conditions - how did you manage to keep your school garden growing?
Flowers and vegetables have enjoyed our wet warm summer
Flowers look after themselves and the peas and courgettes have done really well outside too as it's been relatively warm. It's worth taking a risk sometimes. We'd be interested to hear how you kept your garden going over the holidays.

Another highlight as always was THE BLACK ISLE SHOW. RoWAN shared a marquee with the Highland Countryside Initiative (or Royal Highland Education Trust) and provided an opportunity for visitors to try their hand at the giant compost jigsaw which is always popular. We also had a few examples of seasonal veg to test people's thoughts on how far the produce had travelled to the Show.

I like the peas best ...

It turned out ALL the veg had only come one mile - but the banana and lemon had travelled 1000s of miles between them. So yes, you can grow a wide range of tasty vegetables here. 

We also took the chance to promote the FREE workshops we are are putting on over the next few months - cooking to save money, creating a kitchen garden and composting for beginners. Keep an eye on local publicity for dates and venues.

Muirtown and Tarradale Primary Schools will be sharing with us their plans for their polytunnels - maybe it'll inspire others to look at growing under cover. Get in touch if you'd like to know more.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Garden Party at Dingwall Academy - Tuesday 24th June - join us if you can!

Come and discover what the Dingwall Academy DiGGers do in their shed - if you dare!

Dingwall Academy, RoWAN (Ross-shire Waste Action Network) and RHET (Royal Highland Education Trust) are pleased to announce the date for our Summer Garden Party.  On Tuesday 24th June we plan to host primary school pupils from 9.30 to 2.30pm at Dingwall Academy.  There will be a selection of garden activities and horticultural skills practice for those wishing to progress with their “Growing Hub Award”.  Schools are invited to bring produce from their own school gardens to contribute to the lunch table; soup and pupil baking will also be provided.  Representatives from Dingwall Academy DiGGers, Forest School participants and S2 garden classes will be helping out and teaching skills ranging from knots and wigwam building to planting, potting on, watering and composting.  We look forward to the event and hope that the sun shines!

Mulbuie PS Garden - some cool pics

Sun and shade on the honeysuckle (fantastic for insects and birds). Photo taken by Maddie P1/2/3 Mulbuie PS


Many hands make light work of fine weeding in the vegetable plot - carrots, beetroot, cabbage, onions - to look forward to after the summer break. Photo taken by Maddie P1/2/3 Mulbuie PS

Mulbuie's compost bins have had a make-over thanks to their janitor.   The compost will go on the empty beds over the winter.

Isn't sage colourful? Photo taken by Maddie P1/2/3 Mulbuie PS

Thanks to Maddie for some really lovely, thoughtful, photographs - inspiration for a possible "R U Up 4 It?" photo competition later in the year.

So lots to look forward to this autumn and winter, which will help pupils at Mulbuie towards the Growing Hub Award. If your school would like to try this easy-to-do Award over a growing year, please ask RoWAN for more details.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

What to do with those left-overs - thanks to Conon Brownies

ever wondered what to do with left-over pizza?

Don't waste bread

make more of meat

101 things to do with a banana!

Muirtown and Tarradale now have their very own polytunnels!

 Tarradale Primary School's tunnel

Muirtown Primary School - before 



Thanks to Highland Polytunnels and the guys that did a fantastic job putting the tunnels up - both were out up in one day! Staff and pupils at Tarradale and Muirtown are very excited about the opportunities these covered spaces will provide. There will be a lot going on next term. Watch this space ... 

Another tunnel is going to St Clements School in Dingwall in the new term.

Friday, 9 May 2014

Crumble, compost and cornflowers - a busy afternoon at Tarradale Primary

The pictures say it all - in just over an hour this afternoon the P6 class cooked a rhubarb crumble using rhubarb from their garden, installed a new Ridan food composter and sowed 5 trays of assorted wild flowers. Amazing what they can achieve on a wet Friday. We'll keep you posted on how the Ridan and cornflowers do.

Friday, 25 April 2014

Young people's views on climate change - take a look

Hi there
There are lots of young people - in and out of school - doing great things to learn more about and tackle climate change. Have a look at this video from Young Scot - and add your thoughts to the debate, either here or with Young Scot. RoWAN is looking at being able to award YOUNG SCOT REWARDS for actions that reduce your carbon footprint through your involvement in "R U Up 4 It?". Look forward to hearing your ideas for activities we can help you with.