CJS Update

The Countryside Job Service [CJS], in addition to having information on jobs, also carries stories about environmental and sustainability issues within the UK. This month, there’s a focus on volunteering in association with Conservation Volunteers, a feature on land and countryside management, and on scientific research, results and publications.  

We love the countryside – on TV

A recent Guardian feature on the BBC’s Countryfile programme reported record audience figures of 8.7 million on February 7th.  This was more, it seems, that Call the Midwife even though, in Spring, the two programmes can be quite similar in content.  To put this in perspective it’s is about 60% of the number who watch Eastenders on…

Back to our Roots

Thanks to the Forest Education Network for alerting us to the Tree Council’s urging of us to spare a thought for young trees, and to take part in its annual Tree Care Campaign, which runs from 21st March to 21st September. The campaign encourages communities to spend a little time on regular tree care activities to help trees withstand…

Outdoor Learning Training Days

Circle of Life has announced the following CPD events: Thursday 14th April Nature Connection – Exploring Natural Cycles plus Inspirational Activities and Games. Join us at the beginning of Spring in the Sussex Woodlands. This training day will bring alive the core routines of deep nature connection, giving attendees embodied experiences of games and activities that…

Linking food, waste and the curriculum

A LEEF training  event – Creating sustainable schools: linking food, waste and the curriculum – will take place on Tuesday 26 April, 1000 to 1600 at Groundwork Hackney, in London. It will focus on the links between sustainability, food growing and waste prevention. There will be case studies, hands on activities including a textile waste activity suitable…

What’s happening to our bees?

FACE has a new resource in its controversial issues series. It has been produced to help young people: Learn about declining bee populations and consider the use of pesticides, in particular neonicotinoids Understand the different problems facing honey bees and wild bees Judge the bias and reliability of different sources of information Draw their own…

The Journal of Environmental Education

The Journal of Environmental Education is the oldest of the journals focusing on environmental education research. It began life in 1969 as “Environmental Education”, and changed its name in 1971 to much its growing focus on research activity. It’s known across the world as “J.E.E”. It says this about itself: ” JEE is a research-oriented,…

Remembering a founding father

Although John Smyth died over 11 years ago, in 2005, his contribution to environmental education lives on. An obituary in the Herald Scotland painted a picture of his life and work, but there are many of us today who can add anecdotes to what this says about him. John’s contribution was national and international, and…