Rewild Britain's Schools

by Operation Future Hope in United Kingdom

We did it
On 14th July 2023 we successfully raised £27,742 with 96 supporters in 30 days

Help us to REWILD BRITAIN'S SCHOOLS and prepare young people for their future through REAL, RELEVANT AND URGENT ecological education.

by Operation Future Hope in United Kingdom

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Since 2018 Operation Future Hope has been educating young people in schools about ecological and environmental challenges, enabling students to recognise that urgent action is needed, and inspiring the next generation to get involved with the restoration, regeneration, and rewilding of the natural world.

Now, in our fifth year, we are ready to take our education programme nationwide.  We want to rewild Britain's schools and inspire, equip and support more young people to care for the natural world.

Our crowdfunding campaign will enable us to expand what we're doing, and further develop our education programme so we can reach out to schools across the country.


Our education programme gives students and teachers an essential understanding of the state of nature today, and equips them with the skills and support they need to start rewilding their own schools grounds.


What have we achieved so far?

Over the past four years we have successfully worked with a diverse mix of nineteen independent and state schools, and built up a vast body of knowledge and experience of teaching about nature, ecology and rewilding in schools. 

We know what works, we also understand the challenges that schools, teachers and students face and how to overcome them.  This knowledge is now deliverable to schools and students through the following pathways.

How we work with schools


Our Rewilding Apprenticeship Course is a year long, self-paced, online course that helps young people to become ‘Earth Stewards’ and protectors of the natural world.    1685106308_screenshot_2023-05-26_at_14.04.13.png

Our Rewilding Schools initiative gives guidance, advice and support to students and staff on how to rewild their school grounds.


Our Rewilding Manual explores solutions to the current ecological crises and gives practical guidance for starting rewilding at school.



The difference we are making




Why is our education programme important?

The current school curriculum does not equip young people for the future environment they're going to live in - its focus is on a world that's disappearing fast.

Furthermore, the majority of school grounds are managed in a way that creates monoculture landscapes - ecological deserts with little to inspire young people to connect with and care for the natural world. 

How then can we expect the next generation to become a regenerative force in the world if we don't provide them with the keys to unlock the innovative thinking that will be required to solve the problems they are going to face?  

And, how can we expect young people to care about biodiversity without up-to-date, relevant ecological education and a nature rich school environment that enables them to learn how to restore nature and become protectors of the Earth?

The state of nature today


Operation Future Hope's groundbreaking education programme is changing this. We are teaching children about how our living world actually works, explaining natural laws and alerting them to the threat of breaking planetary boundaries.


Our Rewilding course provides a solid foundation for understanding the interconnectedness of all life on Earth and will ensure that ALL children will receive essential key learning about the planet, nature and regenerative culture. 

And, our new teacher training programme will put nature at the heart and centre of all subjects, cross curricular, as it should be.

What have we discovered about school grounds?

Over the past four years, our initiative has shown that all schools have the potential to become important biodiversity hubs for British native wildlife.  However, most school grounds are managed in a way that creates monoculture landscapes - desolate places for both nature and students.  

With widespread use of toxic chemicals, intensively managed hedgerows and grasslands, non-native planting and the spread of concrete, there is little to inspire young people to connect with and care for the natural world.



Empowering young people to be the driving force of change

Our education program empowers students to be the force for change in their schools and the wider community.  Rewilding is student led, and roots the education and skills they have received into practical land based action in their schools.

With the publication of The Rewilding Manual for Schools, and the pilot of our Rewilding Apprenticeship Course, any school can now rewild their grounds and receive up-to-date, relevant ecological and environmental education that will help them play a part in tackling the catastrophic decline of nature today.



For us to roll out our education programme to schools across the country and make a real difference, we need to grow our team and further develop our education platform. 

How we will use the money we raise


How you can support us

There are three main ways to help us reach our target and make this project a success:

1. Make a donation. Please don’t delay if you’re going to support us because momentum is key to our success!  And with match funding from Aviva and British Airways your donation will now be tripled!

2. Spread the word. Share our project on your social media pages and tell the world to get behind us! The more people we reach, the more support we will get.

3. Choose a reward. We are offering some great rewards in return for your donation.

Our campaign runs to the17th July 2023, please help us by donating today!

Find out more about us:


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Our sponsors and supporters


“Working with nature brings first-hand understanding of our connection with and dependence on ecosystem services and the need for us to care for the natural world; a message which is at the heart of Operation Future Hope. 

We hope that this project really does sow the seeds of conservation and inspires the girls to take action – instilling a belief that stays with them always. I firmly believe it will bring huge physical and mental wellbeing benefits for us all on so many levels.”

Dr Ruth Sullivan, Head of Sherborne Girls


“Participation in this project presents a wonderful opportunity for our schools to work together to help address, on a local level, environmental issues about which we should all be concerned.  

The rewilding aspect of the project is important in itself, allowing us to restore and protect the biodiversity of our school grounds. Even more important than that, however, is the educative aspect of the programme, allowing our pupils to learn more about the environmental challenges that the world faces and, we hope, to be inspired to do something about them not just today but in the future.”

Dr. Dominic Luckett, Head of Sherborne School

1685636707_screenshot_2023-06-01_at_17.25.00.png“It is a real privilege to be involved in this project which not only has the potential to change our environment for the better but also to create a greater understanding of how we co-exist with nature.”

Nicki Edwards, Head of The Gryphon School, Sherborne


"Over the past two years, we have proudly supported Operation Future Hope on the delivery of several projects, from an online Rewilding Apprenticeship course, to helping a Secondary School and two Primary Schools in the Brighton area embark on rewilding projects in their school grounds with guidance from OFH.

OFH’S determination to inspire, inform and mobilise the next generation to become the guardians and protectors of our planet is exactly the kind of leadership the world needs and we fully support them in their rewilding mission."

The Enjoolata Foundation


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£5 or more

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ARC Educational Storybook

Amphibian and Reptile Conservation storybook ‘In search of Old Uncle Blue’ tells the story of a young slow-worm eager to find out about herself and others like her. This 37 page illustrated book teaches children about Dorset’s fascinating wildlife and the habitats that can be found on our doorstep.

£15 or more

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Adopt a Barn Owl

For your donation of £15 you can adopt a Barn Owl with the Dorset Wildlife to help their recovery from decline.

£15 or more

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One Year ARC Junior Membership

New Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Junior Members receive a fun pack introducing them to herpetology (the study of native reptiles and amphibians) including puzzles and activities, stickers and games plus access to a members only online Fun Zone and days out on our reserves.

£20 or more

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Season Ticket to Yeo Valley Organic Garden

2024 Season tickets to the organic garden opening days. Visitor open days take place most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from the 20th of April until the end of October. The organic garden had six and a half acres of Soil Association certified ornamental and edible plants in a seasonal patchwork that YEO have been nurturing for more than 30 years ago.

£25 or more

7 of 50 claimed

Signed Copy of the Rewilding Manual For Schools.

Signed by the author and founder of Operation Future Hope Lesley Malpas. “An exciting, inspiring yet eminently practical and clearsighted guide on how to rewild school grounds. A must-read for anyone involved in schools but also plenty for every gardener to learn from. Lesley Malpas has lit a fuse which I hope will ignite in schools across the UK and beyond.” Isabella Tree 2023

£25 or more

2 of 15 claimed

God is an Octopus signed by Author Ben Goldsmith

A compelling journey from the very heart of loss to the sanctuary and hope that only the natural world provides - emotive, raw and captivating. BENEDICT MACDONALD. Extraordinarily powerful and moving... a book of universal wisdom.' BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH 'Beautiful and deeply moving.' ISABELLA TREE

£40 or more

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1 Year Family Membership Dorset Wildlife Trust

A Dorset Wildlife Trust Gift Membership is perfect for families who love wildlife and wild places, and would like to positively impact its conservation.

£60 or more

5 of 15 claimed

The Book of Wilding signed by Isabella Tree

Rewilding is possibly the most important and empowering revolution to have evolved out of the conservation movement in the last hundred years. This book shares the knowledge and wisdom of that movement that we all need to better understand how we can all play our part in helping nature restore the planet ― Benedict Cumberbatch

£100 or more

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Exclusive Clipper Tea Tour and Tasting for 2.

Exclusive Factory Tour and a tea tasting session with our Master Blender for two people at our Beaminster site. The tea tasting will consist of looking at our range of Organic & Fairtrade products from the black & green teas to our fruit and herbal infusions. Clipper has been a pioneer in ethical and sustainable tea production since 1984 and we are still to this day committed to Organic and Fairtrade tea.

£100 or more

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Adult Ticket to Valley Fest

Bristol’s Lakeside Food and Music Festival: 3rd – 6th August 2023 Valley Fest is the best-tasting music festival in the South West, camping included. The weekend is perfect for first-time festival goers as well as families of all ages. Showcasing Bristol’s live music scene as well as fine local food producers, you can expect everything from charcuterie to cider, street food to sit-down feasts – all with plenty of Somerset style and sizzle.

£175 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Jane Shaw Wildlife Print Signed by the Artist.

Limited edition, fine quality, signed giclée print of “WATCHING YOU!”, the head of a HARRIS HAWK in Charcoal and acrylic. Jane is a sculptor who lives and works in Dorset and is inspired animals and wildlife that surround her. Often working from life, Jane focuses on capturing the overall movement and essence of her subject both in her drawings and sculptures.

£1,000 or more

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Bespoke Watercolour Map of your Estate Grounds

Purchase a wonderful heirloom for your family with a bespoke watercolour painting of your Estate Grounds. A1 size and unframed. Rebecca Stanley is a figurative artist specialising in Estate maps and portraits. Work will be carried out by visiting your property and discussing your requirements. A map of your property and grounds will then be created using photographs and google earth. This offer is limited to Dorset/Wiltshire/ Somerset Properties.

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Adopt a Beaver with the Dorset Wildlife Trust

For your donation of £15 you can adopt a beaver with the Dorset Wildlife Trust and support the reintroduction project for this keystone species in Dorset.

£40 or more

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Sparkling Afternoon Tea for two at Love Cake

Indulge in an elegant afternoon tea at the wonderful LOVE CAKE in Swanage, Dorset. Served on vintage cake stands with china cups and saucers, a truly scrumptious selection of sweet treats with fresh sandwiches, cakes, a warm scone served with local raspberry jam and thick Dorset clotted cream. All served with a pot of tea of your choice or a glass of Prosecco.

£45 or more

1 of 1 claimed

3 Books on Thomas Hardy, Signed by the Author.

Three books, signed by the author and director of OFH Peter Tait, on the subject of Thomas Hardy: 'Thomas Hardy's Women' (looking at the women in Hardy's life and his fictional heroines); 'Emma, West of Wessex Girl' (a biographical novel on Emma Hardy, Thomas's first wife) and 'Florence: Mistress of Max Gate' (a biographical novel on Florence Hardy, Thomas's second wife). For more details visit

£50 or more

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Lunch for two at The Symondsbury Kitchen

For your donation of £50 two people can have such at the Symondsbury Kitchen and experience delicious home cooked food fresh from the Estate. Symondsbury Kitchen source as many local ingredients as possible to ensure they are sustainable and authentic. Eat in their lovely café, outside on the sunny terrace or under our glazed pergola.

£250 or more

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Rewilding Consultation

Andrew George founder of Wessex Wilding will visit your home and advise on rewilding and habitat creation opportunities in your garden or on your land. Andrew is a habitat and wildflower meadow creations specialist and author of The Butterfly Friendly Garden. (This reward is limited to Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire areas only).

£250 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Rewilding Consultation

Andrew George founder of Wessex Wilding will visit your home and advise on rewilding and habitat creation opportunities in your garden or on your land. Andrew is a habitat and wildflower meadow creations specialist and author of The Butterfly Friendly Garden. (This reward is limited to Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire areas only).

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