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Since 2010 common countryside words have started to disappear from children's dictionaries. This magically illustrated "book of spells" aims to help children conjure back these words lost, such as adder, starling and dandelion; to bring them back to the landscape and their knowledge. It is to inspire and imbue with them a sense of awe and bewilderment of the wonderful wildlife that surrounds us.
As Robert Macfarlane begins the book:
Once upon a time, words began to vanish from the language of children. They disappeared so quietly that at first almost no one noticed - fading away like water on stone. The words were those children used to name the natural world around them: acorn, adder, bluebell, bramble, conker - gone!
Fern, heather, kingfisher, otter, raven, willow, wren ... all of them gone! The words were becoming lost: no longer vivid in children's voices, no longer alive in their voices.
Thank you for your support in helping this spellbinding book reach the children of Nottinghamshire, for helping them conjure back these lost words of our beautiful countryside.
Click here to see more about the Lost Words on publisher, Penguin's website.
We have raised over £5,700 in order to provide a copy of The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris for every Primary, Junior & Special School in Nottinghamshire.
Deliveries to schools will start in September.
We are still fundraising in order to provide the Lost Words for every secondary school in Lincolnshire.
We raised £5,700 by kind donations from 115 supporters via Crowdfunder.co.uk between 3pm on Monday 18th June and 3pm Monday 16th July 2018
We are delighted that Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and Notts County Football in the Community are our key supporters in this campaign.
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We aimed to raise £5,000
to complete to our aim
£7,000 'stretch' target
Delivery of books to schools
We are still accepting donations via email to help reach every secondary school in Nottingham & Notts too.
We raised £5,700 via our crowdfunder page, which closed on Monday 16th July. Thank you to all who kindly supported this campaign.
An Explorer's Guide to the Lost Words, was created by Eva John and published by The John Muir Trust, which is a conservation charity dedicated to protecting and enhancing wild places in the UK. The guide is a valuable resource for teachers that combines with the National Curriculum.
To view the guide in pdf form - click here
We have kindly been given permission to print this guide to accompany and complement the Lost Words.
We are delighted that Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham - the British Bookshop Awards 2018 'Independent Bookshop of the Year' - will kindly be helping us with the storage and distribution of 'The Lost Words'.
Barrister & Organiser of Lost Words for Nottinghamshire.
Project Manager of Nottingham
UNESCO City of Literature