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Growing green

Growing green

This theme is about understanding how plants work with animals, the weather, and the landscape to form a bubble of life called an ecosystem. In this theme, you’ll explore which plants are good for nature. You’ll also find out about invasive species: when people introduce new plants or animals that harm an ecosystem.

You could get stuck in by planning, growing, and caring for your own plants, or you could help out at a local nature reserve.

There are five steps to this community impact project:

  1. Step one: identify the need >
  2. Step two: plan action >
  3. Step three: take action >
  4. Step four: learn and make more change >
  5. Step five: tell the world >

Earn stage one of your Community Impact Staged Activity Badge by learning about the importance of trees and plants, and growing them, in your local area.

Step one: identify the need

Try out any, or all, of these activities to learn about different plants and how to care for them. You could do them one after the other, or in separate sessions.

Good thymes in the garden

Play plant protectors and learn about native and invasive plant species in your area.

Takes: 45 minutes

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I know yew

Identify a tree in this unbe-leaf-able nature knowledge game, then head outside to see how many trees everyone recognises.

Takes: 25 minutes

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Tool it right

Use the right tools to keep invasive species in check and maintain wildlife habitats.

Takes: 50 minutes

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Step two: plan action

Now it’s time to decide what issue you should take action on and what you want to change.

Look before you lop

Treat some trees with a trip to the barbers, as we have a go at pruning some branches and promoting new growth.

Takes: 45 minutes

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Bins in bloom

Rescue rubbish from the bin and use it creatively to make your garden green in more than one way.

Takes: 90 minutes

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To grow or not to grow

What does a plant need to grow? Get outside, get your fingers green, and find out in this fun science experiment.

Takes: 30 minutes

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Step three: take action

To complete stage one of your badge, youll need to spend at least four hours taking action, over three months.

Putting down roots

Build a bug hotel, a squirrel’s fridge, a bird’s perch, an air conditioner and a wonder of nature: plant a tree!

Takes: At least 3 hours

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Grow big or grow home

Turn tired tyres into blooming marvellous garden beds to add colour and encourage wildlife into even the smallest outdoor spaces.

Takes: At least 3 hours

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Flower power

Make homemade seed bombs and grow a beautiful wildflower space.

Takes: At least 3 hours

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Step four: learn and make more change

After you’ve taken action, discuss what you’ve learned, how you have made people’s lives better, the skills or knowledge you’ve developed, and what you could do to help even more people in your chosen community.

Evaluation postcards

Make postcards to reflect on what you’ve learned, what you’ve achieved, and what your next steps could be.

Takes: 25 minutes

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The chit chat

Revise and recount a recent adventure to the rest of the group, with the help of some picture prompts.

Takes: Up to 1 hour

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Video diaries

After taking action on social issues, it’s time to interview each other on camera so you can reflect and share what you’ve learned.

Takes: 1 hour

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Step five: tell the world

Finally, it’s time to share your actions far and wide. Help other people to understand why the issue you took action on is important, what you did and how they can help.

Share to inspire

After taking action on social issues choose the best method to tell people what you’ve done, then get stuck in.

Takes: 1 hour

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Write here, write now

Make it newsworthy and share a story you’re passionate about with the world.

Takes: 1 hour

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Community impact: the movie

Share your community impact project with the world by making a short film.

Takes: Up to 2 hours

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