Wee canal champions in Edinburgh!

Pupils at Tollcross Primary School in Edinburgh are learning about life beside a canal, about the canal environment and how to learn and have fun by the waterways safely!


The pupils from P5 are enjoying outings along and around the historic Union Canal over the next six months, which form part of our wider canal community initiative in the city, Engaging Edinburgh. The project has very kindly been made possible by funding from the Adobe Foundation and the Vegware Community Fund.

Anna Canning, who is running the workshops for Scottish Waterways Trust, said:

The canal is an iconic part of the city’s heritage, and it’s great to have the opportunity to teach a new generation of Edinburgh schoolchildren about its importance. Children love learning outside, and really benefit from learning to care for and cherish their local environment.

The sessions teach children about their local area, waterways wildlife and their habitats, plants and biodiversity and the important role the environment plays in human life.


The purpose of the project is to enable children to develop observation, reflection and communication skills as they work towards a prestigious John Muir Award by discovering, exploring, and taking action to conserve a wild place – and sharing their experiences as they go along.

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