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Love Parks Week

People up and down the country will be celebrating Love Parks Week, made possible through support from the Big Lottery Fund, with events and activities for all from July 24 – August 2. As a part of this annual celebration of parks, now in its ninth year, parks around the country will be hosting events…

Well done Martineau Gardens

As we noted the other day, 1582 parks and green spaces have received a 2015 Green Flag Award from Keep Britain Tidy. These awards recognise the best parks and green spaces across the country, and a green flag is a sign to the public that the highest possible standards are adhered to. NAEE is very pleased that…

A more sustainable Carlisle

Two years ago, the Sustainability Carlisle Network approached Northumbria University’s Architecture Department asking for help with designing an urban farm in the city. Four international final year students took up the challenge and have come up with innovative plans for a site in the Currock district of Carlisle. This will provide sustainable food, including fish and…

Nature’s Playground

Nature’s Playground is a beautiful book jam packed with well thought out ideas for encouraging children to enjoy the great outdoors.  Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield have combined their experiences giving their own children freedom to explore wild places with Fiona’s history in environmental education and Jo’s career as a professional photographer to produce a…

It’s the big butterfly count

Butterfly Conservation is organising a count of our butterflies.  You can see the detail here. The big butterfly count is a nationwide survey aimed at helping us assess the health of our environment. It was launched in 2010 and has rapidly become the world’s biggest survey of butterflies.  Over 44,000 people took part in 2014, counting almost…

New Ofsted Framework

From this September, a new Ofsted inspection framework will apply to the following four stages of education: early years settings, schools, and the FE / skills sector. This is the framework. To download an inspection handbook for each of these four stages, just click on these links: early years maintained schools and academies non-association independent schools further education and skills And this is Ofsted’s…

Climate Ops

Is there a place on earth that means the world to you? A place that, if it was to disappear because of climate change, would leave you devastated? A new initiative, ARTE, gives you the opportunity to share your own experience of nature and a chance to be heard by the decision-makers of our planet.…