- Parks, gardens and open spaces
- Almondvale Park Study
- Junior Environmental Teams
- Open Space Strategy
- Parks, gardens and open spaces - Garden Maintenance Scheme
- Parks, gardens and open spaces - facilities, information and events
- Parks, gardens and open spaces - location and facilities
- Parks, gardens and open spaces - management and maintenance
Junior Environmental Teams
West Lothian Council are involved with the Junior Environmental Scheme (JETs), in which currently 22 primary schools and 5797 pupils are involved in. The scheme is in partnership between NETs and Land Services and Education.
The Junior Environmental Scheme provides complimentary education and practical experience in the following areas: environmental issues, health, personal safety and well being.
It is hoped that through the scheme those participating will be made more aware of their role, responsibility and worth in the community, understand the effects of all types of behaviour and the environmental impact they can make within the community both good and bad. It is intended that this in turn will create a positive ethos and pride in their community and an improved interaction with adults.
Children will also have the opportunity to question those that make decisions that affect their everyday lives.
The Scheme will lead the children through various projects and activities such as:
- Class / School environmental and good citizens projects
- Community Clean Ups
- Litter Picking / Landscaping projects within school grounds
- Tree and Shrub planting within local area
- Presentations within schools by relevant speakers
- Involvement with local NETs and Land Services teams activities
- Involvement with local and national environmental agencies
As well as benefitting the members of the JETs, the scheme will also allow for an increased involvement in the community, improve recognition and communication and create a higher profile for the scheme and those taking part.
The scheme will provide numerous benefits to groups and individuals in the participating community. Those schemes running in England have all demonstrated positive benefits in improved behaviour and attitude from those involved.
The scheme is being run in partnership with, and is supported by a number of local and national environmental agencies such as SEPA, The Woodlands Trust, Keep Scotland Beautiful, The Forestry Commision as well as Oatridge College.
Williamston Primary School, Murieston was chosen to run the pilot scheme, which ran for approximately 18 months from Spring 2008 until the Summer of 2009. The NETs and Land Services Environmental Wardens were responsible for liaising with the School, with the ultimate aim for the School to become self sufficient with the wardens acting as facilitators.
JETs now have their own e-mail address, so if you wish to contact the Environmental Wardens for further information regarding the scheme please e-mail them at JETs@westlothian.gov.uk