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We won the Institute of Outdoor Learning Community Development Award!

Our project in Dee Park's woodland, Lousehill Copse, won the Institute of Learning's Community Development Award 2019‘Mission Lousehill’ is a community re-wilding project that engages the Dee Park community with an ancient woodland on their doorstep. By combining spy themed creative arts, Forest School and conservation activities, the project has successfully engaged the unusual suspects through various missions at their local nature reserve, achieving positive outcomes for both people and nature.

We're sure this will put us in good stead for even more ambitious projects in Reading that support our community's health and wellbeing through connecting people with our parks and woodlands.

The Outdoor Learning Awards are presented to Outdoor Learning professionals and organisations in recognition of their outstanding work and to encourage excellence.  The sector applauds those working on innovative projects which encourage and enable more people to get out, be active, learn about and connect with the outdoors. These awards shine a spotlight on the exceptional work of a diverse group of professionals including instructors, teachers, leaders, managers, educators and researchers.

The 'Mission Lousehill' project involved Nature Nurture working in partnership with The Conservation Volunteers, Reading Borough Council and Catalyst Housing to improve the woodland for people and wildlife along with a whole host of activities including Forest School, community events and a monthly Wild Family Club.

Feedback from our events has been really positive:

My family and I absolutely love Lousehill Copse days. The organisers are enthusiastic and really good with the kids.

Lisa Baugh, Parent

I came with my 4 year old twins and we all had a great time. We’ve looked for bugs, made a bug sucker, bee houses and dug a hole for a bumblebee house. It’s been lovely to be outside and learning about how we can help bees- many ideas for our own garden!

Fiona Humphries, Parent

We are now seeking funding to continue our community projects in Lousehill Copse. Please get in touch if you can help.

 

 

 

 

Please vote for Nature Nurture! We’re finalists – Institute for Outdoor Learning Awards…

We are wildly excited that our Mission Lousehill project at Lousehill Copse in Reading. It's now up to you to vote to help us win!

To vote, simply go to: https://bit.ly/2zo8UzA and click 'Mission Lousehill'.

 

Winning this Institute for Outdoor Learning Award would help us make the case for providing even more FREE rewilding projects that support wellbeing and nature. Thanks to our partners, The Conservation Volunteers Berkshire, Catalyst Housing and Reading Borough Council.

Check out the Mission Lousehill Spy Thriller!

 

And Natalie talking about the project on the telly!

BBC Radio Berkshire interview: An Audio Antidote to #BlueMonday for The Woodland Trust

Great to speak to Sue Kinnear today on BBC Radio Berkshire

I was invited into the studio to talk about the Audio Antidote for Blue Monday, we created for national conservation charity The Woodland Trust. Continue reading

25 Year Environment Plan – Published today

Green Future Document cover

We're really happy to see this published at last. Great to see the emphasis on connecting people with nature. This is what Nature Nurture is all about!

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Come and Listen to the Trees: 27th May to 4th June, London

Unbelievable but true. We have literally given trees a voice and we can’t wait for you to hear them!

 London Tree Week, 27th May and 4th June, 10am to 4pm. Free Entrance.

Venture along the Thames, just past Tower Bridge and you’ll come across Potters Fields Park. This little green oasis, snuggled beside City Hall, is a haven for people, nature and some very special  trees. We’ve partnered with the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity, The Woodland Trust, to bring you an Audio Trail as part of London Tree Week where you can experience: Continue reading

Help house our stuff – storage needed…

Please help us find a place for our stuff.

The size of a garage will be enough.

If it's cheap or free, that's certainly best,

And ideally near to Reading West.

Friends, Readingers wild folk, lend me your ears. What I mean to say is, please can you keep your ear to the ground? Do you, or anyone you know have a garage, shed or other possible space where Nature Nurture can store several crates containing our workshop equipment?

As many of you know, we've been providing FREE workshops, events and learning resources for families, schools, children's centres and youth clubs for the last 5 years and have helped literally 1000s of children to go wild in Reading's parks woodlands and meadows. Continue reading

Talking Trees – is this really possible?

If trees could talk, what would they say, Would they talk of the past, or tomorrow of today?

 

Nature Nurture are on a mission to connect urban communities with the nature on their doorstep.

"Hmmm - but how can we do this? There's just so much noise to break through."

Well we have come up with something: We reckon that if we can give nature a voice, people just might listen. Continue reading

Tech & Nature: Woodland Wonder

So this is our next plan...What do you think?

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The Mayor of Reading and her son loved our Soundmap!

The crowds swarmed to play with our Interactive Sound Map at Tomorrow's Reading on Saturday. Commissioned by Intelligent Health, this work of art caused an auditory stir...

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