Three schemes to develop new open spaces for community and education use have been launched with support from the Toyota Schools for Sustainable Development programme. Work is under way to create a multi-sensory garden at the Children’s Trust in Surrey and a natural environment space for the community at Littleover Specialist Science College near Derby. In January building will start for a secure children’s play area at the Highbank Community Centre in Clifton, Nottingham.
The programme of works has been made possible by cash funding from Toyota (GB) PLC and is being delivered by the environmental organisation Groundwork.
The projects in the UK form part of a European initiative with Groundwork that also extends to Poland and the Czech Republic, benefiting from further financial backing from Toyota Motor Europe.
Graham Smith, managing director of Toyota GB PLC said: "These projects are real-world examples of how Toyota as a global business is committed to caring for the environment today and in the future.
"By encouraging and enabling children and communities to work together to protect and enhance their local environment, we can achieve a great deal in communicating broader messages on the importance of sustainable development and social responsibility."
Tony Hawkhead, Groundwork's chief executive said: "The United Nations’ Decade of Education for Sustainable Development starts in January 2005, emphasising how it is vital that we educate children about their responsibilities to the environment. Toyota Schools for Sustainable Development will not only create fantastic new facilities, but will also teach pupils about science, nature and geography.
"Twenty-three years’ experience of delivering environmental projects has shown us that when people are involved in improving their neighbourhoods they start to feel a sense of pride in their local environment. By bringing together communities and schools we'll be helping to create the active and responsible citizens of the future, and by working with the private sector we bring schools and business closer together."