Fairview School in Perth has won a national competition to turn the school’s big green dream into a reality and pupils are celebrating being awarded £10,000 funding for their school garden.
Fairview School is Perth & Kinross’ school for children and young people with complex additional support needs. The school’s big green dream is to install a solar panel in their new garden shed, which will become the hub of its beautiful community garden.
Pupils have worked hard to create the garden and plan to use the funding to add solar-powered lighting, power tools for wood-work classes, and a water fountain to the shed. This will become part of lessons on how electricity works and how renewable energy is generated.
The funding was awarded by the ScottishPower Green Energy Trust, an independent charity which helps community renewable energy projects get off the ground. The pupils at Fairview School competed against schools across the UK to win the prize by sharing their big green dream.
Leigh Verdot, headteacher at Fairview School, said: “We’re over the moon to have won the Big Green Dream competition. We can’t wait to put this funding to good use by getting equipment that generates renewable energy to benefit the whole school. The pupils are delighted!”
Aaron Duncan, an S1 pupil at Fairview School, said: “I’m really excited. I love gardening and woodwork so it will be great having the new garden shed powered by the sun.”
Alison McKean, Social and Environmental Policy Manager at ScottishPower and a Trustee of the ScottishPower Green Energy Trust, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to help pupils at Fairview School make their big green dream become a reality. It is truly inspiring to hear pupils engage with the environment and find ways to make their school more environmentally friendly.
“Judges commended pupils for their thoughtful proposal and applauded their enthusiasm for the project. We can’t wait to see what the pupils achieve with the funding.”
Funded entirely by donations from ScottishPower’s Green Energy Fund customers, the Green Energy Trust has awarded over £1.6 million to more than 154 projects since it was first established in 2000, a company spokesperson said.