The Lost woods is a project designed to inspire, educate and empower children about their environment.
We are an enthusiastic bunch of people from diverse backgrounds. Our passion is to connect children to nature through the simple act of growing their own tree from seed and helping them re-wild their communities. As little acorns themselves, we want to fire up children’s imaginations and grow their confidence that no one is too small to make a difference.
Set up in December 2019, we had the ambitious plan of reaching out to all the Glasgow primary schools to help children feel more connected to nature. In March 2020, we distributed close to 50,000 sessile oak acorns to 135 primary schools across Glasgow to enable children to grow oak trees from acorns. Resources and lesson plans have been carefully designed by teachers, to fit to the Curriculum of Excellence for each primary school level. Each school pack also included a signed copy of the book ‘The Promise’ by author Nicola Davies, a powerful story about how one person can make the world greener and fairer.
We have now secured a 13 hectare site for a Glasgow Children's Woodland which will involve all the primary schools in Glasgow planting their trees this Autumn. A woodland of this type has not been developed to this scale in the last 40 years in Glasgow and is a collaboration between The Lost Woods, Glasgow City Council and Green Action Trust.
The happy city, the green city, and the low-carbon city are the same place, and we can all help build it.