Grow & Learn in Nature (GLiN)

Unfortunately, GLiN is on hold at the moment until Covid-19 restrictions are lifted and schools are up and running again.  In the meantime, if you have a query about GLiN, please contact our Grow & Learn Development Officer, Jean Gavin, and she will do her best to help you out.  Her contact details are: email –; mobile – 07397 167458.

With thanks to our funders, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) (Outdoor Learning in Nature), since April 2019 we’ve been delivering outdoor learning to 5 participating local schools.  Learning at Saughton Park enables our pupils to connect with various park groups, visitors and events at the park as well as contributing to greenspace improvements within the park. Pupils benefit  from learning outdoors, improving not only gardening and nature skills but also developing important life skills. GLiN also supports teachers by delivering monthly CPD sessions for all teaching staff

What is GLiN?

‘She has found her voice, which is so encouraging.’ Teacher

Weekly sessions see a total of 48 pupil’s 12 teachers/classroom assistants gain practical horticultural skills and active participation in nature-based learning.

Pupils and teachers will participate in our sessions till December 2020 when we will then launch our new GLiN award, Scotland wide. Throughout the duration of GLiN, evaluation of progress will be captured in a number of ways including video, due for release December 2020.

Learning in local greenspaces

  • Pupils and teachers to learn together to achieve their GLiN Award.
  • They develop knowledge and understanding of core horticultural activities.
  • They develop knowledge and understanding of biodiversity, wildlife identifications, pollinators, nature conservation.
  • They will undertake wildlife surveys and will link to Local Biodiversity Action Plans and Saughton Park Management Plan.

Visits to local countryside

As well as learning in and around Saughton Park, our groups have also made visits to  Corstorphine Hill,  the Water of Leith and Colinton Dell to explore different landscapes and learn about wildlife.

They also take part in various volunteering opportunities, events and undertake wildlife identifications.

‘Grow and Learn in Nature is the best part of my week.’ Pupil

Action Earth – Volunteering Matters

The five schools taking part in our Grow & Learn in Nature (GLiN) programme have recently been working hard for the Action Earth – Volunteering Matters initiative.  At The Caley’s new home base of Saughton Park in Edinburgh, they planted apple trees in the Demonstration Garden area and daffodil bulbs around the park.  These will help improve the biodiversity within the park and the fruit trees provide a connection with healthy eating.   It was lovely to see everyone take part.

We can’t wait see the daffodils in Spring and to taste those apples – particularly the Edinburgh apple ‘James Grieve’.