Bringing curious minds closer to nature

Friday 5th June 2015

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Between 6 – 12 June The Wildlife Trusts will be the focus of People’s Postcode Lottery’s ‘Charity of the Week’ celebrations. As one of the Trusts benefitting from their players' generous support, we want to highlight the great work that's going on.

Thanks to their incredibly generous support, players of People’s Postcode Lottery have supported educational programmes for school children, an osprey protection programme, county-wide otter surveys, funding of Rangers, volunteer support, public events and more.

Throughout this week, People’s Postcode Lottery’s will share good news stories from our Trust and others across the UK, photographs and film, forging an even firmer bond between players and the benefits they bring about for people and wildlife.

Nick Baker, Vice President of The Wildlife Trusts, said: "The Wildlife Trusts are all about inspiring people, young and old alike, to engage and form personal connections with nature. However, there is always more we can do and thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery we are now able to reach more young people in some of our largest urban areas through our Forest Schools programme. I can't think of many better ways to change the future than by helping children see all the fun to be had in nature and, at the same time, gain valuable experiences and skills as well as a greater understanding and appreciation of the real and natural world."

Currently, 2,000 inner city school children and families in Birmingham, Leicester and Manchester are able to enjoy regular opportunities to spend time in nature through a series of Forest School activities.

Forest Schools give children regular time in a natural setting, such as a wood, where outdoor play is combined with activities designed to help develop skills and confidence.

Projects made possible because of this funding include a programme of Forest School events for primary school children in densely populated, urban areas of Birmingham, as well as a regular family-orientated activities at Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust’s local EcoPark facility.

Guy Belding, Education Officer at The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country, said: “Thanks to the splendid support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery the Ecopark is thrilled to welcome new schools and lots of excited pupils this summer term. Small Heath needs the facilities that we are offering to these kids, so it's not just for schools, as families will be able to come and get involved throughout the summer holidays, too.”

Across the country, other cities are also benefitting. In Leicester, pre-school groups, WildTots, are enjoying inspirational Forest School sessions and two forest school groups for home educated children are allowing them to connect with nature and socialise with others. 200 young people from inner city schools in Leicester with limited access to green space are also now having regular Forest School sessions, which are developing their confidence and self esteem in a safe and supportive space.

Funding is also being used to create permanent outdoor learning spaces. In Manchester, Lancashire Wildlife Trust has developed Moston Fairway, a former railway sidings, as a Forest School. Within walking distance of four inner city schools, this urban nature reserve is enabling young children to enjoy wildlife first hand. Players of People’s Postcode Lottery are also enabling Lancashire Wildlife Trust to run forest school training sessions for school teachers, ensuring local children can enjoy the benefits of Forest School beyond their six week programme.

Since 2008, The Wildlife Trusts have been generously supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, a charity lottery which supports a range of good causes. Players play with their postcodes to win cash prizes and for every £2 ticket bought, 50p goes directly to charities like us. To date funding received exceeds a staggering £5,200,000!

To find out more about People’s Postcode Lottery visit www.postcodelottery.co.uk