FREE SCHOOL BOOKS BOOST

EDP Norfolk - - THE MARDLER -

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

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