Past Programmes

OASES has successfully helped to deliver the following opportunities to schools and settings, enabling them to access outdoor learning and global sustainability education opportunities for FREE or at a reduced cost.

IMPROVING LIFE CHANCE BY IMPROVING GREEN SPACES

Bishop Auckland and Shildon AAP and the Nineveh Trust funded this exciting initiative that was working with 5 schools to help children learn about and improve local wild spaces, gaining the John Muir Award (an internationally recognised qualification) in the process.  The pupils had the chance to plant trees, create bird boxes and undertake litter picks to improve their local areas.

SEA LESS PLASTIC

Sunderland’s LEAF fund enabled 5 schools in Sunderland to achieve their John Muir Award at Roker Beach. The children learned all about the problem with single use plastic and litter getting into the sea.

WILD ABOUT THE DERWENT VALLEY

Children in 8 schools across the Derwent Valley achieved the John Muir Award thanks to funding from the Derwent Valley AAP, Tesco’s Bags of Help, Garfield Weston and the Barbour Foundation. As part of their award they made bird boxes, did litter picks, planted spring bulbs and did water quality surveys on the Red Burn and the River Derwent.

CREATING ECO-FRIENDLY SCHOOLS

OASES helped four schools to get their eco schools awards- two of these schools achieved the prestigious Green Flag award. This project was funded by the Coalfields SIB.

DOORSTEP ORCHARD 

Schools across Durham city joined together to help improve the newly planted Newton Hall ‘Doorstep Orchard’ with OASES. This project was made possible by the People’s Postcode Lottery. They planted trees, and learned all about orchards and made it possible for the community to pick the fruits each autumn.

COSMOSCOPE

Working alongside Artichoke, the producers of Durham’s Lumiere, OASES was working with County Durham schools to produce a fantastic illuminated display, based on the patterns found in nature in the telescopic and microscopic scales.

ILLUMINATING WASTE

OASES have delivered Illuminating Waste for three years running. School children across Consett and Chester-le-Street learned about litter, recycling and single use plastic, and used their knowledge to create sculptures out of clean waste, which were showcased in switch on events around Consett and Chester-le-Street town centres.

SCHOOL APPLE PROJECT

Funded by the Derwent Valley AAP, OASES worked with four schools and one Brownie Unit to each plant their own orchard in the Derwent Valley. Every child also made their own apple crumble or apple flapjack using local surplus apples. One class from each school made their own fresh apple juice and jam or fruit skewer.

CHAMPIONS FOR WIND

A programme working across the north east and humberside supporting schools to investigate the offshore wind industry and associated opportunities, funded by Forewind via HETA

FRUITFUL COMMUNITIES

Following the success of Fruitful Schools, Learning through Landscapes have gained further funding to encourage young people to develop orchards within their community.

GROWING HEALTHY

Following the success of the pilot project, funding from Public Health has enabled the Growing Healthy Project to be rolled out across County Durham.

LOST LANDSCAPES AND LEARNING

A Heritage Lottery Fund grant for a partnership project led by OASES has enabled young people in Sunderland to understand the unique heritage that has shaped their local landscape. Pupils had the opportunity to learn plant identification skills and map work techniques during several field trips and in-school support sessions, involving the local community. The participating schools were also supported to create wildflower meadow in their grounds to enhance the local biodiversity and provide an outdoor learning resource. 

CHANGING COAST

This web resource has been produced on behalf of the Durham Hertiage Coast funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It has been designed to be a stimulating and engaging resource whether used in the classroom or on a site visit at Horden on Durham's north east coast.

FRUITFULL SCHOOLS

Working on behalf of Learning Through Landscapes, OASES is delivered a fully funded initiative that sought to establish orchards within school grounds.

HABITATS & HOMES

Schools studied and made their own habitats in a fun packed day of Science and Design Technology. Sponsored by Deerness Structural Engineering and Design Limited.  

LEARNING FROM THE LAND

Funded by the Ernest Cook Trust this project took groups of young people from four Durham schools and taught them traditional skills like coppicing, dry stone walling and pyrography.

LIMESTONE LANDSCAPES

Part of Durham County Council’s, Heritage Lottery Funded Limestone Landscapes Project, OASES administered funding for schools to go on funded visits to experience and learn about the biodiversity, industry and culture that exists because of the Magensium Limestone Landscape. 

LITRE OF LIGHT

Delivered as part of the Luminere Festival of Light, the Litre of Light Project aims to illuminate the consciousness of primary pupils.  OASES has successfully delivered the Litre of Light Project for the last two festivals, delivering school workshops to teach the children about the Litre of Light charity, the global importance of light and the need to develop sustainable light sources.  Pop bottles decorated during the workshops were used at the Lumiere festivals to form light displays.  

ONE SUN, ONE WORLD 

OASES enabled the production of the WWF musical in Durham schools alongside Durham's Music Service.  Helping pupils to appreciate the plight of animals around the world.

RECHARGING THE EARTH 

A transition programme that encouraged battery recycling and sustainable thinking.  Sponsored by SANYO, ERDF and supported by Project C (NETPark).

SHOCFlood

SHOCFlood was a new two year project funded through the Northumbria Regional Flood and Coastal Committee and delivered by OASES.  The project worked with eight communities in priority flood risk areas and enabled the schools to lead these communities in reducing flood risk, in partnership with the Environment Agency and Climate North East. 

STEP UP! 

A Living Streets project that sought to help secondary school pupils appreciate the need for sustainable transport.  OASES assisted the young people to engage with the initiative and enabled them to encourage walking to school amongst their peers. 

WOODLAND TRUST 

OASES delivered tree planting and environmental education activities to schools to encourage the development, use and appreciation of the Woodland Trusts sites.

WASTE ADVICE AND GUIDANCE FOR SCHOOLS

This series of online teaching advice and resources was commissioned by Durham County Councils Strategic Waste Team. It is hosted on the Durham Learning Platform.


Outdoor and Sustainability Education Service
The EWE Centre,
Esh Winning Primary School
The Wynds, Esh Winning,
Durham, DH7 9BE