South West College (SWC) is delighted to announce the launch of its outdoor biodiversity learning environment at its Erne campus Enniskillen, made possible by a generous £10,000 grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). The landmark project will serve as a platform to promote sustainability, educate about the natural world, and highlight the significant role chemistry plays in shaping our daily lives.
The unveiling of the outdoor facility marks a significant milestone for SWC and has already benefited students, as well as school groups across Fermanagh and the border regions. By offering an interactive and engaging learning environment, SWC aims to empower the next generation with a strong foundational knowledge of sustainability and the environment.
The grant enabled SWC to run free workshops and develop a wildflower area and biodiversity garden. Primary schools, as well as community groups such as Action Mental Health and the Men Shed in Enniskillen, were actively involved in this community-based project.
The workshops were held alongside a hands-on biodiversity project, allowing participants to engage in practical investigations using the resources of the Gardens. Each workshop focused on key areas of chemistry and connect them directly to sustainability and biodiversity. The workshops were open to local schools, college students, and community groups interested in understanding the role of chemistry in our daily lives and the environment.
Each workshop emphasizes the significance of combating climate change, promoting biodiversity, and prioritizing sustainability. Topics covered will include water conservation, hydroponics, pollinators and plants, energy conservation, and sustainable horticulture and agriculture.
The Sustainability Workshops and Gardens aims to create a lasting impact by educating participants about the importance of sustainability and chemical activities in our natural world. After its establishment, the project plans to host annual events and demonstrate principles that can be adopted and replicated in participants' communities and schools, thereby promoting sustainability on a larger scale.