Regents Park named Birmingham’s Wildest School!

Friday 20th November 2015

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Three primary schools celebrated being crowned Birmingham’s wildest schools on Monday at The Wildlife Trust’s EcoPark in Small Heath at a special event to celebrate learning about nature.

TV personality, naturalist and ambassador for the Wildlife Trusts’ Forest Schools project, Nick Baker presented the awards to the three schools and also spent time exploring the wildlife of this urban oasis with the children, as they saw everything from sparrow hawks to spiders.

He said: “I’m not sure who enjoyed today more; me or the children! Sharing these kinds of experiences, where a child sees a woodlouse through a microscope for the first time, is what life’s all about and I feel privileged to be able to do that through my role with The Wildlife Trust. EcoPark is a fabulous place and I hope that many more schools in Birmingham will bring their pupils here next year.”

Speaking at the event, Georgia Stokes, Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country, said: “We’ve had a wonderful time today with the winning schools seeing how much enjoyment the children and their teachers had getting wild. With the Every Child Wild campaign showing that 78% of parents are concerned that children don't spend enough time interacting with nature and wildlife, we want to inspire all schools in Birmingham to become wilder and reconnect their pupils with the natural world. One girl here saw a frog for the first time ever, so we hope it’s not the last time!

“Regents Park Community Primary really went that extra mile to win this competition as their teachers and pupils spent a whole month engaging with nature every day and blogging about it. The stories from their children were inspiring and they’ve been a joy to work with today. The silver medal winners, Green Meadow and Abbey Catholic Primary also produced some really outstanding work and it has been great to talk to them all about their love of wildlife.”

The Trust’s competition has taken these children on a real journey, as some have gone from having no interest in nature at all to becoming wildlife enthusiasts. Hanan, aged 10, from Regents Park Community Primary said she was a lazy girl who spent all her time on screens and was scared of being outside, yet yesterday she was picking up worms and wrote a blog post at the end of their 30 days wild saying “Just because the event is over doesn’t mean nature has ended.”

The My Wild School competition, which was funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, ran from May to September and schools were allowed to choose the best way for them to show how wild they were and why they wanted to spend more time with wildlife. This is part of The Wildlife Trust’s work to ensure every child has wild educational experiences at school, as less than 50% of people polled said their children have been to a wild place with school to learn about wildlife in the past year.

They want the stories of these schools to inspire more wild activity. The event yesterday and their forest schools project in which over 1,000 extra children have visited EcoPark this year have been a great start. Any schools wanting to find out more about outdoor learning should contact The Trust via info@bbcwildlife.org.uk or 0121 454 1199.

Tagged with: Outdoor learning, Every Child Wild, Forest schools, People's Postcode Lottery