Backyard Nature

By Martin Crabbe | June 18 2020

Backyard Nature

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    I have just signed up to be a guardian of my patch for Backyard Nature. My patch, in this case, is a place in the far corner of my school’s grounds. We call it the Wild Area. 

    My school, Glebe School, shares our patch with our neighbouring school, Hawes Down Primary School in the London Borough of Bromley. The Wild Area has become a fantastic Forest Schools base for Hawes Down students. Glebe students use it similarly and also for their Duke of Edinburgh Award. 

    And we all know that we are very lucky to have it.

    Over the next 12 months Glebe is going to run part of a new project of our own down in the Wild Area. This new project is called Proyecto Peru. We were inspired during Outdoor Classroom Day to develop part of Proyecto Peru in the Wild Area (see here for more details).

    I will tweet updates on the London Sustainable Schools Forum site over the next few months using the #BackyardNature as a live case study. We also hope that the ‘stuff’ we do in our patch will also act as another example of how schools can address climate change for the Doorways project that this blog is part of.

    (the next text is pretty much straight from the Backyard Nature website)


    Backyard Nature is inspiring families and schools to tackle the nature crisis and make a real difference to the planet. How? By providing them with the tools they need to help plants and animals thrive on their patch of nature – whether they live in the heart of a city or the middle of the countryside.

    By signing up to be Backyard Nature Guardians, teachers, parents and children will discover lots of easy ways to protect their patch and take on seasonal missions that focus on helping out wildlife that really needs our help.


    There is a nature crisis in the UK. Plants and wildlife in our own backyards are under serious threat. At the same time, children are spending less time enjoying nature, meaning they are less likely to care about and protect it.

    Their goal is to get all children to spend more time enjoying and protecting nature where they live.

    Backyard Nature - The planet needs you!


    And finally from me:

    The project is brilliant in it’s simplicity. And powerful.

    It is a collaboration between Semble and Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation and many more – see here (scroll to bottom of page to see partners list). And I highly recommend that you sign up. No patch is too small. No person is too young or old (not even me!).

    To see some of their great ideas, videos and further information visit the Backyard Nature website here


    Background Information on Doorways

    The Doorways blogs are part of a reflective project run by London Sustainable Schools Forum. Please visit our website page here:

    The Doorways project aims to support schools and those that work with schools to consider how to develop a more sustainable approach.

    If you want to dig deeper we recommend that you visit Transform Our World for great resources.

    It specifically supports the following:

    Care for yourself. Care for each other. Care for the environment.

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