A City of London outdoor education programme called Green Spaces, Learning Places helped 45,000 kids explore and better understand the capital’s green environments during the height of the pandemic.
Some of the capital’s most disadvantaged pupils from the London boroughs of Brent, Camden, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, Newham and Tower Hamlets benefitted from the Green Spaces, Learning Places scheme.
Dubbed the ‘Green Talent’ programme, the curriculum is working with families, young job seekers and people struggling in education to help them explore careers in the environmental and green spaces sector.
Green Spaces, Learning Places is also running a bespoke scheme for school children with special needs and disabilities, vulnerable youngsters, and the children of key workers, which helps to boost confidence and wellbeing by exploring nature through experiences such as orienteering.
Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Open Spaces and City Gardens Committee, Oliver Sells QC, said: “This programme has been a huge success and given us some excellent insight into how children across the capital can be supported.
“Being outdoors has huge benefits to our mental and physical health. We have been working closely with families from more deprived areas who have limited access to green spaces and helping them to get involved in environmental learning.
“We will now look to develop the programme and help even more families access nature and gain key life skills.”
Developed in response to growing evidence that time outdoors is beneficial to our health and wellbeing, Green Spaces, Learning Places is set to continue to help many more children in the capital to access nature.