Simple changes to outdoor space can make a huge difference to learning opportunities.
- Planting a few trees can provide shade on sunny days, a great place to look for wildlife and a valuable resource for future learning activities.
- Leaving a corner or field edge unmown for part of the year could be the start of a wildflower meadow.
- A shallow scrape in the ground that holds water for part of the year could become a marsh garden, or, if dug a little deeper, a pond that may attract frogs, newts, dragonflies and hedgehogs.
Involving young people in part or through the entire project to improve outdoor space helps them to understand why the changes are taking place, creating a real sense of ownership and connection to the natural world. Many of them will take this outside of their setting, back to their families, spreading this respect.
Ways for children to get involved might be through helping to choose the area of the field that rarely gets used, or deciding which tree species are suitable for the space available.
This work need not cost very much, but if you are thinking bigger, then there are lots of small grants available that can make the difference to the success of a project. We can help to guide you through what may be available and support your preparation of grant applications and with administration of funds.