(Photograph) - Gery Fettes (left) and Beth Smillie in the playground at Craigellachie primary in Moray. Six years ago the playground was a grass desert in summer and a "sea of mud" in winter. Now it is an environmental education resource. Paths link areas for wildlife, quiet contemplation and games. There is a pond, hens, a dry-stone dyke and solar panels to heat the school's water. Headteacher Barbara O'Brien told the Grounds for Learning conference in Perth last week: "It's no use preaching to children about the environment. They've got to see you doing something."
Kate Campbell, co-ordinator of the Grounds for Learning scheme, said a third of primaries are looking at redesigning their playgrounds for environmental education: "Schools are successful at finding money."
Details of funds and projects from Ms Campbell on 01786 466570.