Ugliest Schoolyard Contest
- 2017 Contest
- Wayne Hugli wins Community Builders Award for Ugliest Schoolyard Contest
- Schoolyard Maintenance Manual (pdf 1 MB)
VETAC Ugliest Schoolyard Contest
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This subcommittee has been working with community partners to gather together resource material, grant applications and human resources that can be accessed by any local school that is interested in working to naturalize a schoolyard. All schools are invited to make use of these resources as they work toward improving school grounds but the committee felt that it was important to provide additional material support.
The "Ugliest Schoolyard Contest" was originally initiated by the Canadian Biodiversity Institute and Earth Day Ottawa in 1998. In May 2005 VETAC's version of this Contest was initiated in Sudbury. Since 2005, the winning schools received thousands of dollars of support for the first year of their regreening projects. A landscape designer worked with the school community to design the project and put together a plan. The Sudbury Master Gardeners and Sudbury Horticultural Society assisted in the selection of plant material suitable for the Sudbury area. Local businesses and organizations donated equipment and supplies, including the topsoil, trees, shrubs, plants, fertilizer and mulch for the work that was done.
In 2007, Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations (Sudbury INO), a Glencore Company and formerly known as Xstrata Nickel, became a major corporate sponsor for the contest with a three year commitment of funding to support and expand the contest. This generous funding has enabled VETAC to award 'runner-up” prizes to four additional schools each year for their regreening projects.
View video of the 2015 schoolyard make over.
We invite you to join us in working toward the greening of our city's school grounds and enriching the outdoor learning environment for the students in our area.