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Conservation En-masse at Pollok Park.

On a cloudy but dry May morning, 136 S1 Hillpark pupils walked down to Pollok Park to get their hands dirty in the name of conservation.

The pupils had already spent the week exploring their own school grounds following in the footsteps of John Muir, the famous Scot we have to thank for national parks across the globe. To achieve the John Muir Award, the pupils had to not only appreciate the outdoors, but take steps to take care of it.

In collaboration with Pollok’s fantastic Countryside Rangers, the pupils were assigned tasks across the park from building a holly hedge to protect a Scottish bluebell meadow, to removing the highly invasive species Himalayan Balsam.

Mrs Smith, the first year Depute Head commented, “It’s great to be outside with pupils; you get to see them in a new light. Pupils who struggle in class can be fantastic in all sorts of ways on tasks like these.”

Hiva Bamshad, who has not lived in Glasgow for very long, said, “I love this park!”


Getting stuck in!




Ms Kane and Miss Plenderlieth on a mission to protect Scottish bluebells.


Ms Cairns’s group remove a mountain of Himalayan Balsam.