Growing the Future: a policy perspective

Woodland Matters

I blogged a couple of weeks ago about the happy occasion of the 6 millionth tree of the Jubilee Woods project being planted at Ashburnham Primary School in London. This was done by HRH Princess Anne with the Prime Minister in attendance. 

One of the key messages we wanted to get across that memorable day, was the links between environmental education, a sense of well-being and the development of responsible future citizens with a strong sense of stewardship for the natural world. In fact, the enormous and obvious enthusiasm of the children for planting and making the most of their school grounds spoke for itself that day.

But its worth noting that there is plenty of evidence to back those links up.

For example, OFSTED’s 2008 study Learning outside the classroom: How far should you go?evaluated the impact of learning outside the classroom in 27 schools and colleges across England. This…

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