Nature Friendly Schools

A new and ground-breaking programme bringing thousands of children closer to nature

gardening at Potager garden

We are excited to announce that we will be part of an exciting new national project Nature Friendly Schools in partnership with Wildlife Trusts, YoungMinds, Groundwork and the Field Studies Council. The project, commissioned by DEFRA as part of the Year of Green Action will help ‘green’ hundreds of school grounds and bring thousands of children closer to nature. Teachers will receive training to link outdoor learning to the National Curriculum, students will visit local nature reserves or parks, and have the opportunity to experience wildlife on their doorstep through new nature areas in school grounds. 

The programme will work in partnership with over 300 schools in England with the highest proportions of disadvantaged pupils (primary, secondary, special schools and alternative provision), starting this autumn. As experts in engaging children with special needs with nature and the outdoors our role will involve working with special schools in the South West.

Stephanie Hilborne, Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trusts, commented: Nature Friendly Schools will fuel creativity and a sense of adventure, allowing children to experience the joy that nature can bring. The project will improve school grounds so that they’re more natural, with wildflower patches, sensory gardens and trails, container ponds and green spaces, so students can see nature close-up; from beautiful damselflies to minibeast hunts, even meeting a frog!

More information and details of how to get involved will be published in the upcoming weeks.