Grounds for Learning is the Scottish programme of the UK charity Learning through Landscapes.
We enrich the lives of Scotland’s children by helping them to connect with nature, become more active, learn outdoors, develop social skills and have fun.
Where possible we encourage young people to have a say in the way their grounds are used and improved. As a result they learn to create and look after something valuable; their self-esteem grows and their behaviour improves, along with their potential to learn and achieve.
We do this by helping schools and early years settings to:
The main strands of our work are:
GfL began as a network of Scottish teachers, early years practitioners and educationalists who recognised the value of outdoor spaces and experiences in child development and who met together regularly to share ideas and inspiration. The group quickly recognised the need to establish an organisation to take forward its work and in 1995 decided that the best way to do this was to set up a new Scottish team in LTL, which had been working towards the same agenda in England. From the beginning, Scottish Natural Heritage has been a key partner in our work.
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"GfL provided an excellent way of training. Often you go to courses and you think - 'that was great' - but you don't actually practice what you have learnt. GfL actually follow the training up with a visit, so you get out and you do it."
Mandi Murray, Teacher at Menstrie Primary School, Clackmannanshire