The day starts with a teacher led introduction. This includes learning what reuse, recycle and compost mean, the length of time different materials take to biodegrade and the danger to wildlife.
The children go around the Botanic Garden in small group of 'waste busters' to find different waste materials next to plants or features they come from or are connected with. For example tea bags by the tea plant, a T-shirt by the cotton plant, plastic bottle by a water tap, paper by a birch tree...
Back in the classroom, the collected items are sorted into Reuse, Recycle or Compost bins and their choices discussed.
For a full day, in addition, children hunt for mini-beasts and link these to how compost is made. They also reuse a small container that they bring (such as a yoghurt pot) and plant cress.
- Age: KS1/2
- Numbers and Duration: One class for half or full day. Two classes for a full day only
- Availability: All year
- Cost: £3.90 per child for a half-day (minimum charge £93.60) or £4.90 for a full day (minimum charge £117.60), with no charge for accompanying adults
To book please contact the Botanic Garden Education Office on 0116 271 2933 or email us.