'Large Streams from little fountains flow, mighty oaks from little acorns grow' Proverb, Anon.
We are From Little Acorns Grow (FLAG), a community group formed by people from diverse backgrounds. We are independent and not aligned to any political party. We believe nature is an essential tool to be used as part of the solution to repair our broken environment.
In the face of the climate crisis, we can sometimes feel anxious and powerless. Which is why we’re championing a movement rooted in small and achievable actions, using natural climate solutions such as tree growing and planting, combined with the creative arts. Where children, as inspiring 'acorns' themselves, learn by doing and lead the way. We want to fuel their confidence and fire up their imaginations. As activist Greta Thunberg said, 'no one is too small to make a difference'.
The pilot project ‘The Lost Woods’ began in January 2020. In March we delivered tree seed packs to every primary school in Glasgow, to enable children to grow oak trees from acorns, bringing climate optimism and learning to life. Resources and lesson plans have been carefully designed by teachers, to fit to the Curriculum of Excellence for each primary school level. Each pack also included a signed copy of the book ‘The Promise’ by author Nicola Davies, a powerful allegorical tale rooted in the belief that our relationship to nature is vital and needed now more than ever. The trees will eventually be planted in various selected sites which we are naming ‘The Lost Woods’.
We aim to transform various sites into spaces which will benefit the community and environment. Through tree growing activities children will learn about all the ways that we benefit from trees, from absorption of carbon dioxide and airborne pollutants, increasing biodiversity to improving health. Over time we want to empower children to create beautiful wilderness spaces and corridors throughout Britain. Whilst the impact of COVID-19 has presented many challenges to the project we are working hard to overcome them.
We believe in the power of small actions
We aim to inspire and empower children to shape their environment through direct action. We believe that nature is an essential tool to be used as part of the solution to repair our broken environment.
We believe in the power of design to bring people together and improve all our lives
We want to transform various sites into vibrant spaces with new planted trees that will take carbon out of the air and lock it away, improve air quality and promote biodiversity.
We believe in the power of sharing
We want to support other community groups to transform other spaces throughout the UK. We will do this by documenting our work and make it freely available as a resource for all to use.
We believe in the power of story tellers
The creative arts have a fundamental role to play in economic, social and environmental improvement. We will support and use the creative arts to raise
awareness of our project, engage with people and inspire direct action.