A 15-year vision to establish our communities as active Learn and Grow spaces

Learn and Grow

What is Learn and Grow?

A lively and local way for children, families and communities to use and develop our natural resources as places of learning, activity and fun. We provide a simple and practical way to discover and explore our woodlands, green spaces woodlands, wildlife corridors and areas of scientific and international significance.

Why Learn and Grow?

We help our community create a single activity plan which utilises our fantastic outdoors as areas of learning, fun and wellbeing, while taking steps to develop the long-term health of our natural heritage resources. Aside from the physical health benefits, being outdoors can help combats Nature Deficit Disorder and has been shown to increase mental health by boosting mood, confidence and self-esteem.

Learn and Grow aims?

Increase our awareness and use of our natural heritage resources throughout West Dunbartonshire

Increase the active connections between schools, residents and community groups.

Increase opportunities for our residents to develop their wellbeing through increased use of our natural heritage resources

Increase our access to locally grown food and veg as per the Good Food Nation aims.

Encouraging enterprise skills & improving behaviour

Establish a Community led legacy framework for Learn and Grow to be established as a consistent outdoor learning tool.

Learn and Grow origins?

As part of its Carbon Sprouts project, The Leamy Foundation delivered Sow and Grow lessons to seven schools and nurseries.

Bellsmyre Community Gardens, working with RHS Campaign for School Gardening, delivered in Dumbarton and Clydebank.

West Dunbartonshire Council Green space’s ‘Community Involvement in Neighbourhoods’ project, provided support to these activities.

Funding obtained for a pilot project across 22 schools and nurseries

With additional partners, a Learn and Grow Project Development Team was established.

A successful pilot leads to the development of a Learn and Grow website. The website will increase awareness of the fantastic natural habitats readily accessible to our communities.

Food Growing Schools and Nurseries in West Dunbartonshire


"Our outdoor space has been transformed and is safe, vibrant and stimulating, we now have an amazing growing space both indoors and out. Learn and Grow, brought parents, community partners and volunteers from across West Dunbartonshire to build a new outdoor growing space including, orchard, soft fruit forest, raised beds and a polytunnel"

Head of Centre, Auchnacraig ELCC