Green Shoots is the social inclusion project of The Green Team that delivers customised, practical, environmental and outdoor learning experiences to groups of young people from Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Each programme is unique, set up through consultation, to meet the needs of the young people and those of their school or organisation. The project is specifically designed to support and engage young people who may be socially isolated or find learning in the traditional school environment challenging.

These projects aim to develop a young person’s understanding of the environment as well as building self esteem and promoting positive behaviour. Participants work as a team where trust and respect are an important part of the method of working.

Participants also have the opportunity to achieve the Discovery Level of John Muir Award and work towards sectional elements of the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.  Find out more about GREEN SHOOTS work.

We tend to offer two routes for our Green Shoots programmes; a Referral Programme where pupils from across several schools join together to create one 8-10 week project visiting a variety of local sites; or a Forest School approach, working with one school, generally in a single location.

If you are working with a young person who you feel would benefit from learning outside, please contact: who can talk through the opportunities. Alternatively, please complete a referral form and send to us.

One of our Advanced Programme participants Adam recently put together a power-point presentation to show at the end of the project celebration.  We are very grateful to Adam for allowing us to share this with you.  It gives a great insight into the kind of activities and tasks groups undertake and the vast range of soft and hard skills that the young people develop throughout their involvement in the programme.  My Adventure