Telford & Wrekin Council and the John Muir Award win National Outdoor Learning Partnership Award
At the Celebrating Outdoor Learning Awards, Telford & Wrekin Council have received a national award for their long standing outdoor education partnership with the John Muir Trust.
The John Muir Award was launched by the John Muir Trust in 1997, the leading wild land conservation charity in the UK which helps people connect with nature, and enjoy and care for wild places.
Through the involvement of the John Muir Award, a total of 1308 young people from Telford and Wrekin engaged in 1452 hours of environmental social action during the 2017-18 school year.
The John Muir Award invites participants to “Discover a wild place, explore it, do something to conserve it and share their experiences”. Open to all with no age limits, there are three levels of the award depending on time and levels of activity and engagement.
Telford and Wrekin Council have shown the John Muir Award can be achieved anywhere, offering the Award in a diverse range outdoor spaces; from the very heart of Telford in the Town Park, in school grounds, the Ironbridge Valley, the Wrekin Hill and onto the dramatic landscapes of Snowdonia National Park.
During the 2017-18 school year, 1272 young people from Telford & Wrekin engaged in environmental social action to preserve coastal habits at the Arthog Outdoor Education Centre. As part of this activity at Arthog OEC, in just one year, 120 full size refuse bags of plastic waste were removed from coastlines in Wales.
The Celebrating Outdoor Learning Award for Outdoor Education Partnership recognises the combined effort of Telford & Wrekin Council and the John Muir Award to encourage young people to achieve a deeper connection with nature and take social action to conserve and look after their chosen wild place.
Telford & Wrekin now accounts for 10% of all John Muir Award delivery in England and the Council aims to grow the popularity of this award amongst young persons in Telford & Wrekin even further.
Councillor Lee Carter, Cabinet Member for Finance, Commercial Services & Economic Development said “This is fantastic recognition for the Council, it’s commitment to conserving outdoor spaces and its commitment to ensuring that we provide opportunities to access and discover the outdoors for as many of our residents as possible and, through our continued commitment to Arthog, as many school children as possible."
"This award and recognition demonstrates that our commitment to making Telford & Wrekin the best place to live, work, learn and do business that it possibly can be.”