FREE SCHOOL BOOKS BOOST
Norfolk Wildlife Trust is giving £1,000 to the campaign to give a copy of The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris to every primary school in Norfolk. The book celebrates the lost nature words – such as acorn, willow and kingfisher – that were once commonly used in the English language.
Henry Layte, owner of the Book Hive in Norwich, teamed up with author Patrick Barkham to deliver 20 free copies of the book to schools across north Norfolk and Broadland. Alongside this Andrea Tiplady set up a crowdfunding appeal and raised enough funds to supply the book to 100 north Norfolk and Great Yarmouth schools.
Norfolk Wildlife Trust has now added a further £1,000 to the appeal from its Children and Nature Fund, which was established by NWT vice-president John Snape to fund ways of connecting children with Norfolk’s wildlife.
Robert Macfarlane, the nature writer and author of The Lost Words, says: “Starlings, skylarks, newts, kingfishers... Everyday nature is falling fast from both our landscapes and our language. This wonderful campaign – inspired by Andrea Tiplady, Henry Layte and Patrick Barkham, and now generously carried forwards by Norfolk Wildlife Trust – seeks to reverse that loss and to re-wild childhoods and re-green classrooms across all the primary schools of Norfolk.”
To reach all the primary schools in Norfolk, a further £1,000 is needed. To make a donation and help the NWT visit justgiving.com/campaign/ TheLostWordsNWT or norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk