'The first port of call for all teachers interested in sustainability and environmental education in the county'
By bringing together the expertise and resources of each organisation, we are able to offer support in all aspects of this sustainability work.
The learning team at Westonbirt deliver a range of led programmes on site to KS2 groups and above, exploring a variety of topics amongst Westonbirt's world class tree collection. Our partners, Learning with Nature (see below), run led sessions for preschool, reception and Key Stage one. There are many self-guided options for all ages.
Learning With Nature is a Wiltshire-based, not-for-profit organisation that specialises in delivering outdoor learning sessions to schools and youth groups. They currently deliver all the Pre-School, Early Years and Key Stage 1 learning programmes at Westonbirt Arboretum in partnership with the Forestry Commission.
Fundraise for your organisation with the recycling of unwanted textiles! BTR works with schools, community groups and other charitable organisations helping them to fundraise with the recycling of clothing, shoes, bags and belts. This is done by organising a clothing drive or placing a free textile recycling bank at their premises. Learn more about textile recycling and book a visit to BTR for a free factory tour and upcycling workshop.
Part of the Gloucestershire Joint Waste Team, 'Recycle for Gloucestershire' can support schools and youth groups to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost their waste. See website for more details.
Vision 21 is an independent sustainability charity offering advice and information to individuals, community organisations, education groups and businesses enabling them to become more sustainable.
The SWLfSC is a Community Interest Company of over 130 organisations and individuals across the South West of England. Coalition members share expertise in sustainable development, education & learning and understand that learning, viewed broadly, is crucial to the development of a sustainable South West.
Gillian has a well-established Environmental Education and Outdoor Learning Consultancy supporting 'Learning Outside the Classroom’ with information and advice on all aspects of developing a sustainable outdoor curriculum. She provides Accredited Training and Professional Development , INSET, grounds development, Forest Learning, residential and day visit tuition in your setting/locality or elsewhere outdoorslearningsolutions(at)gmail.com
Stroud Valleys Project (SVP) is a charity which aims to protect and enhance the local environment by working with communities to embrace sustainable development and biodiversity. Through this we want to make Stroud and its surrounding area a better, healthier place in which to live for both present and future generations. We work with all groups in the community including primary and secondary schools and run many events throughout the year.
Slimbridge welcome school groups of all sizes, all year round. They offer guided learning sessions as well as self-guided visits.
Outdoor Education Practitioner: Sally Morley: sally.wilderness(at)hotmail.co.uk (No website)
Sally works with schools to deliver day and residential experiences in outdoor natural environments or in school grounds. She also offers INSET training for staff. For further information please contact: sally.wilderness(at)hotmail.co.uk
Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning (GHLL) was born when the national Healthy Schools project was retired. GHLL offers support to schools and colleges across Gloucestershire with all aspects of PSHE and Citizenship. This support is offered for free to these educational settings through the county council and funding from Public Health. Settings can become accredited through completion of a Review and then intervention work, focusing on aspects of mental health improvement and a range of other health and well-being related outcomes.
GWT offer a wide range of cross-curricular and experiential outdoor education sessions, which can be tailored to your requirements. We can deliver these in-school or at one of our 60+ sites across Gloucestershire, including Crickley Hill, Greystones Farm and Robinswood Hill.
GEEP has become a closely-knit group who are willing to help each other in any way possible. I am incredibly proud of the level of dedication shown by every one of our member organisations. They really believe in what they are doing and will go above and beyond the call of duty in supporting schools with their sustainability work.
This project has given me a fantastic opportunity to engage children directly with the natural world. This is something I am really passionate about. It is only by engaging people with the natural world that we will foster the deep love and respect that is needed to help solve the problems our planet currently faces.