The 10 Tree Charter Principles

As we noted recently, the Woodland Trust is leading a call for a Charter for Trees, Woods and People (the charter project) with more than 70 organisations taking part.  The details are here. The 10 principles of the Tree Charter are here: Thriving habitats for diverse species Urban and rural landscapes should have a rich diversity…

Wider learning and connected experience

Today’s blog is by Sheila Gundry, Resource Future’s Education Manager. Wider learning and connected experience Learning Outside the Classroom Day (18 May) is a lovely reminder of the great strides made across the country to encourage outdoor learning.  For me, having worked in Field Centres for many years, nothing seemed more natural than to teach and…

IUCN Newsletter latest

IUCN’s recent newsletter contained the following features: The Baltic Sea – the Territory of Sustainable Development The 18th International Environmental Forum “Baltic Sea Day”, which has already become a traditional event for St. Petersburg, was held on 22-23 March 2017. The main theme of the event was the relationship between sustainable development goals and environmental…

Tuesday Round up May 30th

1. Here’s the May bulletin from Scotland’s United Nations recognised Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development.  The Update from Scotland begins: John Ruskin wrote that “Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” This would be a positive attitude with which…

Natural England reports outdoor learning research

Here’s a selection from a round up of recent evidence and reports, policy agenda developments, large scale delivery sector initiatives, resources and news items issued by the partnership of Natural England with The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom and Historic England on behalf of and for the Strategic Research Groups. The Possibilities of “Doing” Outdoor and/or…

Work on the Wild Side

NotDeadFish, a social change consultancy, recently announced a new report: Work on the Wild Side.  You can download it here. This, NDF says, attempts to debunk the myth that outdoor learning and residentials are not viable teaching mechanisms. It adds: “As accountability within schools increases and budgets decrease, it is easy to see how outdoor learning can…

Our plastic footprint

The Marine Conservation Society wants June to be the month to reduce our ‘plastic footprint’. For more information, free resources, how to join the plastic challenge community click here. The MSC says that simple wins include getting your water bottle and lunch box out and using them; re-using the plastic wrappers food does come for other uses; enjoying…

Questions at an election

The Soil Association has drawn up a list of questions to ask candidates on the doorstep or in the street.  Of course, these explore the Associaton’s priorities – but many (most?) of these are widely shared.  They are also questions that provide a rounded framework for exploring issues about farming and food with young people…