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Children's outdoor learning funded by players of People's Postcode Lottery

Our outdoor learning sessions provide unique experiences that can improve children's self-esteem, confidence and abilities.

London Wildlife Trust receives valuable funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, enabling us to deliver at least 100 outdoor classes to 2,700 schoolchildren at the Centre for Wildlife Gardening in south London and at Woodberry Wetlands in east London.

Learning engagement officers liaise with primary schools to plan, prepare, deliver and evaluate outdoor learning sessions on topics and activities including:

  • Mini-beast hunts
  • Frog days
  • Pond dipping
  • Exploring plants on the woodland trail
  • Discovering animals of the reed bed
  • Life cycles in the wetlands

Players of People's Postcode Lottery also support our Forest Schools and outdoor nature sessions for children under five. See below for more details.


Centre for Wildlife Gardening

The Centre for Wildlife Gardening has a long history of delivering high-quality outdoor education sessions and feedback has been very positive. Many schools come back to enjoy and learn from our sessions year after year and we look forward to welcoming more in future.

The funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery is also allowing us to improve our early-years offer, as pre-school groups are increasingly using our services.

If your school is interested in taking part or would like to find out more, contact Abi March on 020 3897 6151 or email



Woodberry Wetlands

Outdoor learning sessions began at Woodberry Wetlands soon after its opening in May 2016, and have been supported from the start by players of People's Postcode Lottery.

Experienced Trust staff work with primary schools to plan, deliver and evaluate outdoor learning sessions that include minibeast hunts, frog days, pond dipping, and a wildlife tour of the reservoir.

In the first year after Woodberry Wetlands opened more than 2,000 children were introduced to nature at the Hackney nature reserve.

Schools interested in taking part in sessions at the Woodberry Wetlands can call Aleksander Makucewicz on 020 8802 4573 or email



Forest Schools

The generous funding received from players of People's Postcode Lottery is also be used to fund Forest Schools sessions in London. 

A Forest Schools session. Credit: Lyndsey YoungForest Schools get children outside and exploring nature in their own way and at their own pace. From fire-lighting to cooking, woodwork to bushcraft and natural art, they learn about the natural world in a safe environment.

Our Forest School sessions are run by leaders who give children the freedom to learn and explore. They are trained to watch the children closely, appreciate different learning styles and personalities, and provide the right support for the individuals they care for.

This Forest Schools programme is part of a wider strategy for The Wildlife Trusts; to foster a love and appreciation of the environment in the people who will grow up to be its guardians.


About People’s Postcode Lottery

People's Postcode LotteryThe Wildlife Trusts are very lucky to receive generous support from players of People's Postcode Lottery.

People's Postcode Lottery is a charity lottery in Great Britain where players play with their postcodes to win cash prizes whilst raising money for charities. A minimum of 30% from every £2 ticket goes directly to good causes like us.

As 30% from every £2 ticket is awarded to charities and good causes, players of People's Postcode Lottery have raised more than £200million to date.

For more information on People's Postocde Lottery and its partnership with The Wildlife Trusts go to



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