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Researching ecological condition and use of greenspaces in primary schools

July 27, 2021

University of Auckland MSc student Abigail Cunninghame is studying the ecological condition and use of greenspaces in New Zealand primary schools. She is interested in responses (even if your school does not have extensive greenspaces) to a survey for teachers currently teaching year groups 1-6 in New Zealand.

The aim of this research is to understand how primary schools contribute to urban nature through their greenspaces and whether nature is valued by both teachers and students in a New Zealand context.

“Greenspaces in primary schools are fixed spaces, and in the growing urban world are becoming more and more vital for providing a connection with nature that is otherwise decreasing. The condition and use of these spaces can help to provide information about better utilising the spaces for the benefit of students, staff, and the wider community.” – Abigail Cunninghame

Please complete this online survey if you are a current primary school teacher (years 1-6) in New Zealand to participate. It should take between 15 and 20 minutes to complete.

There is an opportunity to go into a prize draw for one of three $50 prezzy cards.

If you would like more information about this project or have questions, please get in touch with Abigail Cunninghame, School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland emails  or visit school greenspaces webpage

The water tank, gardens and fruit trees contribute to a Living Landscape at Riverview School.

Corinna School students survey their bank, planted and landscaped to create lizard habitat.









Banner image: Biodiversity at Kimbolton School