Wolf Fields Education for children and families
The Wolf Fields Conservation Programme will provide local school children and families with interactive, creative, eco-friendly outdoor activities to learn about nature, ecology and their relationship with the natural world.
Charity information: A Rocha UK
Children in deprived urban areas tend not to play outside or explore nature with their families or friends. Many have limited access to green space. Over 40% of Southall residents were born outside of the UK; many may not know about British natural heritage, native species or habitats if they are from immigrant families or are first generation.
With our conservation education work, children will work together, learning leadership and teamwork skills, as well as know more about their local community and nature. Being outside can improve children's social interaction with one another and some children who may not learn well in the classroom thrive in an outdoor learning environment.
Provide fun, creative, and interactive conservation and learning opportunities
Activities» Run outdoor education sessions for school children during term time investigating different habitats, like ponds, wildflowers and food gardens
» Run holiday specials and summer playschemes around environmental themes, such as pollination or pond life
» Construct a pond and pond dipping platform for children to learn about pond life
» Construct Braille posts to allow inclusive access to children with sight impairments to the site
What success will look like
Success will be over 90% of children enjoying their experiences and learning something new.
This project will increase environmental awareness of local children and their families in Southall. They will have greater understanding of where their food comes from, how plants and animals interact with one another, and how we are connected to nature. We will have reviews with the children at the end of each session to evaluate whether they enjoyed the sessions and learned something new. We hope to see the children and their families become involved with Wolf Fields.
Weather can influence outdoor activities. We will inform visitors to wear weather proof clothing and shoes. The storytelling arena provides some shelter from rain.
Funders will be able to follow updates on Facebook and our website. We will provide annual updates in our magazine reporting on key developments and future plans.
Budget - Project Cost: £14,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £8,000 Conservation Staff Salary Staff time to create and deliver informative sessions £1,000 Pond dipping area Create a pond dipping area with planting £1,500 Pond dipping platform Create a safe platform from which children can access the pond £2,500 Braille posts (10) To widen access to the site to children with sight impairments £1,000 Session resources & equipment To provide resources for interactive sessions, pond dipping and water safety equipment
Southall has a rich diversity of culture and religions in a densely populated industrialized area of West London. Wolf Fields is part of an area listed in the top 10% of areas of multiple deprivation. Local residents have limited acccess to quality Comunity Greenspaces.
We estimate 440 primary school age children will have the opportunity to learn about nature and food growing, many of whom will be from immigrated families and minority backgrounds.
We have worked in Southall for over 14 years. We previously helped transform Minet Country Park, an abandoned brownfield site, into a multiple-year Green Flag Award winning site. We have developed an environmental education programme there, which has brought over 25,000 children to the site. We will carry this experience into developing our programme at Wolf Fields.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Andy leads the conservation team at A Rocha UK. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.
“Wolf fields is one of the best examples of community engagement in London and a shining example of what can be achieved when people work together”