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Weʼre raising £6,500 to donate The Lost Words book to every primary and special school in Kent and Medway, bringing the magic of nature into children's classrooms.

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We are coming to an end of the first phase of fund raising and would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported the project. We are going to extend the time period as we also want to donate a copy of the book to Medway schools: this means stretching our target to £6,500. The fantastic news is that the crowdfunding, plus direct donations from local organisations, has taken us half way to the target. Thank you for your generous support.

We are delighted to announce that Jackie Morris has given us four delightful original paintings to boost our final push to our target. Each painting will be given to the first person making a minimum donation of £200 for a 10 x 25 cm painting, and a minimum donation of £1,000 for a 75 x 57 cm painting on the Just Giving Site. Please do make it clear in the comment section - when you make your donation - which otter painting you would like.

These two acrobatic otters are looking for a new river to swim in. This is your opportunity to support the Lost Words Kent Campaign with a donation of £200 and gain a reward of two delightful playfellows. (Dimensions of painting: 10 x 25 cm) Small painting 'Back to back otters'.

Make your donation for a minimum of two hundred pounds if you wish to gain this reward. State clearly which painting it is that you would like in the comment section when you make your donation. Please e.mail to give your delivery details.

The Mission

Lost Words Kent is a county-wide crowdfunding campaign to raise money to donate a copy of ‘The Lost Words’ to every primary and special school in Kent and so reseed the magic of nature in the imaginations of children in our classrooms.

The campaign runs Monday 15th October to Thursday 15th November 2018.

Alongside the book, we will provide materials to support its creative and inspirational use by teachers and students beyond the classroom so that ‘The Lost Words’ can become a catalyst for hands-on reconnection with the natural world.

Lost Words Kent is supported by: Kent Wildlife Trust, the RSPB, AONB Kent Downs and High Weald, Tenterden and District Museum, Tenterden District National Trust Association, Councillor Mike Hill and Councillor Roger Gough.

A big 'thank you' to our patrons who have donated upwards of £100:

Annabel McCaffrey, Joan Tovey, Hannah & Pete Knowles Riverford Home Delivery East Kent and Sally Beare Riverford Home Delivery Tunbridge Wells, Nonington Farms, Sarah and Francis Salway

The Reason

The Oxford Junior Dictionary reflects children’s everyday language use, as demonstrated by established algorithms. In 2007, all of the words featured in ‘The Lost Words’ – from “acorn” to “wren” by way of “bluebell” and “kingfisher” were dropped from the dictionary because they weren’t being used enough. Children aren’t talking about the natural world around them.

‘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 that 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 stories.’

Introduction to ‘The Lost Words,’ by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris

The aim of ‘The Lost Words’ is to give the words and the objects that they name back to children, in the hope that this will reawaken their passion for the natural word. Spell-poems by the award-winning writer Robert Macfarlane and illustrations by Jackie Morris capture the wondrous combination – the magic – of language and nature.

The Challenge

In Kent, we need to raise at least £6,100 to spread the magic across the county by giving each of our primary schools and special schools a copy of ‘The Lost Words’ and ‘Exploring the Lost Words’ – an activity and ideas resource written by Eva John and published by the John Muir Trust and potentially touching the lives of children across the county, offering them the chance to connect back to nature and enjoy its proven benefits. It could also inspire the new generation to work towards a better future for our planet. As Chaucer put it centuries ago, ‘Tall oaks from little acorns grow.’

A preview of the beautiful original illustration of an otter (10 x 25) by Jackie Morris in Sumi ink ground and painted with spring water from Dunster spring. Anyone donating to Lost Words Kent is entered into a draw to win this painting created especially for the Lost Words Kent campaign.

How you can help?

Anyone donating any amount to the campaign and/or helping to spread the word will have helped reseed Lost Words in Kent. Thank you.

Anyone donating will be entered into our free prize draw to win an original illustration 'The Otter' by Jackie Morris and created especially for the Lost Words Kent campaign. (25cm x 63.5cm/10” x 25”)

Anyone donating £100 – a wonderful ten books for schools – will be invited to become a named patron of the campaign. Those donating £500 – enabling a fantastic 50 schools to benefit – can receive a special signed copy of ‘The Lost Words.’

It works

As part of a pilot project a copy of the book was given to primary schools in the heart of Kent and provided a starting point for some inspired teaching.

‘It was a gorgeous, warm day and as we trundled through field after field it became clear to me that there was a wealth of knowledge that certain children could share. We discussed wild flowers, how farmers bale the hay, birdsong we heard, the different crops, the clouds and so much more. My favourite part of the whole day (apart from the children saying that it was their best day ever) was that we just stopped from time to time, sat down where we were and observed what we were in the midst of. We felt the silence of being surrounded by nature and we sketched what we could see/hear/feel. It really did get the children in touch with nature.’

Mrs Thomas, Kent Primary School Teacher

It’s do-able

Similar campaigns are happening – and succeeding – across the country. All want to bring the language of nature back to the children of their communities.

Other campaigns include Scotland, Devon, Dorset, Sheffield, Norfolk, Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, London, York & North Yorkshire, Hull & East Yorkshire. Let’s give the children of the Garden of England their chance to join this campaign and re-engage with the language of the outdoors, the countryside and nature.

Above and Beyond

If we raise extra funds, we would like to go further by providing a book and resources to secondary schools, as well as to libraries, museums and other learning hubs. This would enable access for families in school holidays and on weekends and for children who are educated outside mainstream schools; children like Charlie, who is autistic.

‘Nature means peace, calm and solitude on the one hand, and exercise, learning and companionship on the other. Charlie escapes the un-natural demands of the online existence that so dominates his life and that of his peers. Exercise takes the form of a cycle to the park where he has developed a strong affinity for the bird life – learning from their breeding cycles and hierarchies. He has made strong acquaintances with the park wardens…Nature nurtures Charlie.’

Charlie’s Dad

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    We have just had a very generous donation from Nonington Farms which has taken us to 25% of our target. Thank you.

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  • Angus Willson

    Angus Willson

    Nov 17, 2018

    An inspired idea to spread an important message about language and experience


  • j walden

    j walden

    Nov 16, 2018

    Good Luck with this project


  • Jessica Wright

    Jessica Wright

    Nov 13, 2018


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  • Anonymous


    Nov 12, 2018

    This is such a lovely idea. Good Luck.

  • Caro E

    Caro E

    Nov 11, 2018

    Fantastic idea!


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    Nov 10, 2018

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