National Trust - Please don't scrap outdoor learning and education!

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National Trust - Please don't scrap outdoor learning and education!

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Learning Department started this petition to nicola.briggs@nationaltrust.org.uk

Our amazing Learning Department at Morden Hall Park and those at National Trust sites nationwide are faced with closure due to a decision by the National Trust to stop providing in-house education services. This will directly impact on school visits and all other forms of learning provision for children, adults and families alike at Morden Hall Park, at a time when nature and the environment should be at the forefront of the Trust's message and focus. Only by inspiring children and young people to love and respect the natural world will they realise the importance of looking after it.

The Morden Hall Park learning team are a group of around 50 dedicated, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable volunteers led by one full time staff member (our Learning Officer) with three part time members of staff. Every year, the learning team bring thousands of school children to the park to take part in an extensive outdoor learning programme. We cater for all ages, from pre-schoolers through to primary and secondary school children, even university students! We also host a wide-ranging series of courses for adults, for example honeybee talks, bat detector and photography workshops to name a few. We engage with our surrounding community by holding many free events within the park, offering fun and educational activities, including pop up summer holiday events for all the family. We are devastated by the thought of losing what has been built up here over the past thirty years and worry not only about the impact on our community here in South London, the direct impact on wildlife habitat within the park, but also the effect this decision will have in terms of support for the Trust countrywide by people who are committed to conservation and the engagement of young people.

Our team reaches out to every sector of society, young and old and by catering for school visits across the region and beyond, we ensure that those children who might otherwise not get the chance to visit a beautiful place like Morden Hall Park and learn about the plants and animals that live here, get that opportunity. The current National Trust slogan is "everyone needs nature". Please help us to save the Learning Team at Morden Hall Park, and those at other National Trust sites, to ensure that "everyone" gets access to it.

 

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