Growing a Greener Britain

Growing a Greener Britain is a charity that has been set up to help fund community projects in publicly-owned parks and open spaces. Its objectives are Creating improvements to free, publicly accessible green space Providing local employment opportunities through the creation of maintenance projects Providing training and work experience opportunities for those in the local community Promoting of…

When no flooding is the story

Here’s a feature from the Independent on the lack of flooding in Pickering, North Yorkshire. Although there are no pictures of Pickering (this one seems to be of Carlisle) that’s the point, the Independent says, as a range of preventative actions, mostly working with the grain of nature, resulted in no flooding in the town…

Funding for geography field trips

The deadline for applying for fieldwork funding with the Frederick Soddy Trust Schools Award Scheme is January 18th.   The Trust was established in 1957 under the terms set out in the will of the chemist and Nobel Laureate, Professor Frederick Soddy FRS.  It aims to encourage interest in field studies by providing modest financial support for expeditions…

Nine new Ambassador Schools in England

Eco-Schools has announced the nine schools that will hold its Ambassador role for the next two years. These are the exceptional schools across England that have been chosen to represent the Eco Schools programme, and encourage new schools to join.  To be considered for the role, the schools must have held the Eco-Schools Green Flag award for four consecutive years. The idea…

100 years of the National Geographic

National Geographic magazine is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the US National Park Service with a year-long exploration of the parks.  The January 2016 edition features day-to-night images of landmarks including the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone Park, by Stephen Wilkes who uses digital-imaging technology to create time-spanning panoramas, continuously shooting thousands of images day…

Mothering nature

Mothering Nature – the shape of things to come is the title of an article by MIT’s Neri Oxman in The World in 2016. It begins: Imagine that you could actually grow the future. By bringing together design and technology, we can, in effect, edit biology—and create physical objects that point to the shape of…

Latest from the FEN

You can read the latest Forest Education Network [FEN] update here. FEN began in 2012, and seeks to engage young people by supporting education in forest and woodland settings.  It also promotes networking and sharing practice, and facilitates communication between sectors and practitioners. FEN is hosted by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC).