The Lost Words for Barking and Dagenham Schools

by Andrew Achilleos in Dagenham, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 28th February 2019 we successfully raised £320 with 11 supporters in 14 days

I want to bring The Lost Words with teaching resources from the John Muir Trust to every primary and SEND school across Barking and Dagenham

by Andrew Achilleos in Dagenham, England, United Kingdom

The Lost Words and Teaching Resources for Barking and Dagenham

My vision is to deliver The Lost Words with teaching resources from the John Muir Trust to every primary and SEND school across Barking and Dagenham. Support our campaign and help rewild childhood, bringing nature to the hearts of local children.

Why am I doing this?

The most recent edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary dropped a number of common ‘nature words’ including acorn, adder, bluebell, buttercup, dandelion, fern, heron, kingfisher, lark, newt, otter, wren and willow. The words taking their places in the new edition included attachment, block-graph, blog, broadband, bullet-point, celebrity, chatroom, committee, cut-and-paste, MP3 player and voice-mail.

These words signalled a gap that has formed between childhood and the natural world in Britain. In response to this in 2015, author Rob MacFarlane and illustrator Jackie Morris created The Lost Words, a magnificent feat of visual and linguistic natural art that might summon back these words into the minds of children.

I fundamentally believe that we cannot fully care for or appreciate things that we do not know, or that we have not experienced, and that if we do not care for or appreciate the natural world we will not move to save it. That is why ‘The Lost Words’ and the revolution it has started across the country is so important.

What do I need to make this a reality?

Trees for Cities have already successfully raised funding to deliver a copy of The Lost Words to every primary and SEND school in Barking and Dagenham, but without the teaching resource I worry that despite it being an amazing tool for Learning Outside the Classroom it will put a strain on teachers.

I am trying to raise £320 so that I can print the 32 page John Muir teaching resource to a high specification.Delivered alongside The Lost Words this will take the pressure off our teachers and help them easily bring nature into the classroom through the magical Lost Words.

If successful The Lost Words along with the John Muir teaching resource will be hand delivered starting with an initial launch on World Book Day (March 7th).


To deliver this on World Book Day (March 7th) we need to reach our target in 2 weeks.

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