LEARNING NATURE’S WAY
By Ann Evans
Photos courtesy of the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Hundreds of children in Coventry, Nuneaton and Bedworth will benefit from outdoor learning with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust thanks to a £66,000 grant from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
The forest school-inspired project will enable more children and young people of all ages – from tots to teenagers – to explore the natural environment first-hand through its habitats and wildlife.
Building on Warwickshire Wildlife Trust’s existing Forest School and environmental education programme, it will involve working with more than 300 children from nine different primary schools in 120 nature and after-school club sessions.
There will also be Nature Tots sessions at the trust’s Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve and at Limbrick Wood in Tile Hill, school holiday activities for up to 140 children, and two bushcraft “call of the wild” courses for teenagers.
Warwickshire Wildlife Trust education manager Vicky Dunne said: “Our outdoor education programme already plays a vital role in helping children to understand the natural environment and what makes it so special. Now we can engage even more children and young people in outdoor learning thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
“We’re working with schools and in areas we have not previously been involved with and the children taking part are all loving this new experience.”
The primary schools taking part in the project are: St Mary and St Benedict in Hillfields; St Andrew’s in Eastern Green; All Souls’ in Chapelfields; St Anne’s in Willenhall; St Bartholomew’s and Sacred Heart in Binley; Corpus Christi in Ernesford Grange; and the Nuneaton schools of St Paul’s in Stockingford and St Joseph’s at Riversley Park.
Warwickshire is among a number of wildlife trusts nationally to have received funding to develop outdoor learning with children. Recently The Wildlife Trusts attended the 2017 People’s Postcode Lottery annual Charity Gala at Prestonfield House in Edinburgh – also attended by HRH Prince Charles, Sir David Attenborough, broadcaster Dermot Murnghan and TV presenter Fiona Philips – where it was announced that £66.3 million was awarded to charities and good causes in 2016 thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “Our Gala is such a special time in People’s Postcode Lottery’s calendar where we come together and celebrate the incredible amount of money raised by our players and the fantastic work carried out by the supported charities as a result of the support. We continue to be overwhelmed by the incredible support of our players and thank them for their funding.”
For more information, visit: www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk.