Established in 2011, the aim of the Conservation Club is to channel our natural enthusiasm for fresh air, wild woods and windswept beaches into positive and creative conservation projects.
In so doing we have planted over 3,500 trees, put up nearly 100 bird and bat boxes, cleared seven local beaches of marine litter and helped to create and restore habitat for native wildlife across East Lothian and the Borders.
Last year we won the Woodland Trust's Green Tree Schools Gold Award, the Forestry Commission's Scotland's Finest Woods Highly Commended award and were selected as a Regional Environmental Champion by Surfers Against Sewage.
Competing against huge organisations like the National Trust for Scotland, Cairngorm Peatland Restoration Project and Marine Conservation Scotland we won the Runner-Up prize for Conservation and the Environment at this year's Scottish Rural Awards
We were most delighted to win the RSPB's Nature of Scotland Award for Youth & Education
. Belhaven Hill School Conservation Club was chosen by a panel of judges from the hundreds of schools and education groups that entered the competition.
We are always looking for ways to improve the school grounds as a haven and habitat for wildlife. We also want to use our time and effort to run projects that will benefit wild plants and animals beyond the walls of the school in the wider East Lothian community.
In three short years we have made some real progress:
This year we were awarded the Gold Award for the Woodland Trust's Green Tree Schools award scheme and have been selected as a Regional Environmental Champion by Surfers Against Sewage.
This year we aim to push beyond the school walls more than ever before with environmental projects that will be of real benefit to our local community.
We have so many exciting projects running that every child can be involved.