More play areas for children?

Following reports of likely cuts to funding for maintenance and provision of Children’s play areas by Local Authorities, Roger Hurst has started a Government e-petition which proposes a levy on the Professional Football Clubs for some of their wealth to be used to provide play areas for children. As well as helping to provide an…

National Children’s Day UK

This year National Children’s Day UK is on Sunday 14th May. National Children’s Day UK is an initiative of the Save Childhood Movement that was established in 2013 and represents individuals and organisations that share a deep concern about societal values and wellbeing and the current erosion of natural childhood. The concept of Children’s Day was established by the UN…

Is it time for nature schools?

The Wiltshire Wildlife Trust has a long history of involvement in providing informal and formal environmental education. Over the years, general nature studies have given way to specific activities tailored to help teachers meet attainment targets. We have worked with hundreds of schools; creating wildlife areas, running teacher training sessions, giving presentations to school assemblies…

The latest from Think Global

Think Global’s latest round-up of news is here. There are features on: the election and the responsibilities of charities when engaging with politics the International Development Committee is holding an inquiry into the future of UK-EU development cooperation.  It focuses specifically on what relationships regarding aid and international development should look like post Brexit. The Parliament…

Learning Away for All

Learning Away consortium member, Louise Edwards, who is chair of the Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres (AHOEC), will be taking a motion to National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) annual conference this week.  This will urge the NAHT national executive to campaign to protect funding to enable children to have greater access to…

Project Splatter

Project Splatter sets out to create a UK map of wildlife roadkill.  Its aims are to Collates data on UK wildlife roadkill reported by the public using social media Estimate the impact of roads on UK wildlife Determine which species are most observed as roadkill Raise awareness of this conservation issue Ultimately reduce the impact of…

From Banksy to Olafur Eliasson

Arkive has a new Art of Environmental Messaging education resource for 11-16 year olds, in which it explores how artists from around the world use different mediums to express their concerns for the environment and get nature into the forefront of people’s minds.  Arkive says that, from street art to sculpture, art can be used to spread messages about issues such as…

Saplings Forest School opens today

The Saplings Forest School opens today on Salisbury Plain.  This is an outdoor pre-school, on the road to Pewsey in the heart of Wiltshire.  The pre-school, for children aged two to five, has canvas tents, wooden Wendy Houses, a willow dome, an outdoor kitchen, pulley systems and running drinking water and has been set up by two local teachers…

Tomorrow is Earth Day

Earth Day 2017 is tomorrow (22 April), bringing together more than 50,000 organisations in nearly 195 countries in order to “educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide”. The first Earth Day was held back in 1970 and brought together 20 million people in the USA.  It helped to create public support for the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)…