Greenham's Sustainability


Secondary school resources


This educational resource supports schools in teaching the principles of sustainability within the curriculum.

Sustainability is defined by the United nations as the ability to ‘meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’.

The activities are designed to;

  1. emphasise the importance of environmental sustainability by showcasing the projects undertaken at Greenham Common to protect bio-diversity, remove pollution from the land and efficient use of resources through recycling
  2. model the process of public participation in the process of change towards sustainable development
  3. develop an understanding of sustainable economic growth and ethical business practice

The Planning Project

The Planning Project requires students to take the roles of various stakeholders in a simulation of the initial planning stages of the Greenham Common Development. Through this activity, learners recognise the importance of accounting for the perspectives of various stakeholders. They also learn to appreciate the relative merits of development options and how they might impact of a location economically, environmentally and socially.

The Business Park Activities

Dragon’s Den, Youth Distribution Committee and Sainsbury’s Depot  introduce learners to the breadth of industry, economic decision making issues and the role of the park in driving the wider regeneration of Greenham Common. The activities support learners in evaluating the benefits and drawbacks of business development within a local economy. The importance of investment in projects which are ethically and financially justifiable is emphasised through simulations and role play exercises.

The Impact Project

The Impact Project engages learners in a research exercise to enable a balanced evaluation of the impact of the development of Greenham Common. Environmental, social and economic impact is considered alongside the perspectives of stakeholders in the development of Greenham Common.

The Quarrying and Runway project

The Quarrying and Runway project look in more detail at the major restoration work that was undertaken on Greenham Common. Over a million tonnes of concrete and asphalt were recycled and 1.2 million tonnes of sand and gravel extracted whilst dealing with extensive pollution caused by aviation fuels. A rare acidic heathland was created further developing the bio-diversity of Greenham Common. The activities help students to review the options considered by the wide variety of stakeholders with an interest in Greenham Common, explore in more detail the logistics and costs involved and the innovative solutions applied.


Bio-diversity is explored by giving students the opportunity to discover for themselves the diversity of fauna and flora that can be found on Greenham Common.

Learners should be made aware of the importance of sustainability throughout the activities. They should be encouraged to critically analyse the development of Greenham Common, and other development projects, against the principles of sustainability.