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Lessons of the Landscape
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 16:37

South Downs National ParkThe South Downs National Park has awarded a grant to Plumpton College & FACE to fund  ‘South Down’s Lessons of the Landscape’.

The South Downs National Park has awarded a grant to Plumpton College & FACE to fund  ‘South Down’s Lessons of the Landscape’, a scheme that aims to engage with teachers, young people and their parents to educate them about the special qualities of the South Downs National Park.

The Children’s Rural Education Centre at Plumpton College will be collaborating with Farming and Countryside Education (FACE), the leading national charity providing food, farming and countryside education to children.

‘We are extremely grateful to the South Downs National Park for the SCF grant which will enable us to expand the activity of FACE whilst bringing a new-dimension to the work of the College’s Rural Education Centre,’ commented Louisa Devismes, school’s regional co-ordinator for Plumpton College and FACE. ‘With the help of the farming community, we look forward to developing children’s understanding and passion for the South Downs, whilst establishing some of the Down’s special qualities within school environments as a permanent reminder of the special place in which they live.’

Working with ten primary schools located across the SDNP and supporting the primary curriculum, the out-reach programme will engage with key stage two classes over a series of three sessions within the academic year.

The initial session will be classroom based and will focus on developing an understanding of the National Park with information on how it was formed, why it is special and how it supports a wide range of farming, wildlife and people. This will be followed by a visit to a farm within the SDNP to provide pupils with first-hand experience of the National Park and its working landscape. The final session will give children the opportunity to bring the National Park into their school grounds with the creation of a permanent resource, such as planting a wildflower meadow or creating a bird sanctuary area.

By promoting the special qualities of the South Downs National Park to teachers, young children and their parents, the Lessons of the Landscape scheme aims to stimulate interest in the protection and preservation of the National Park.

The Sustainable Communities Fund is a grant scheme administered by the SDNPA to support local community projects that have a positive impact on future generations and take full consideration of social, economic and environmental concerns.

The project is for Key Stage 2 children and is limited to one class per school. To discuss taking part in the project and find out more please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Telephone 01273 89209