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Keep on the Grass!

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Sadly today our children are growing up more and more disconnected from nature with nine out of ten children never playing in wild places.

Since the 1970s, opportunities for children to explore and learn about the environment have reduced dramatically and, with more than 10,000 school playing fields across Britain turned over to development, it’s unsurprising that our children are disconnecting from nature.

These statistics represent a sad future for our children. With your help, our appeal will help give every child the chance to explore, discover and create their own adventure – just like many of us did as children.

A Brighter Future

Through the generosity of people like you TCV provides many opportunities for children to discover and enjoy green spaces.

TCV’s Skelton Grange is an environmental centre on a ten-acre nature reserve in an otherwise industrial corner of Leeds. Planted and developed by volunteers from the local community over more than 20 years, the former power station site has been designed to feel as natural and as wild as possible for children who have only ever known a very urban landscape.

We’ve had children visit us who are reluctant to walk through the woodland because they’ve never been under a closed tree canopy before and children who have rarely played on grass because they are from a Victorian part of the city with back to back housing and tarmaced school yards.

Lucy Wheeler from Skelton

With your help, we can change that.

Skelton Grange offers one of our most successful and engaging projects for children, access2nature.

During 2015 over 3,000 children took part in outdoor learning and play at Skelton. Everyone who visited said the children left with improved confidence, wellbeing and enjoyed learning about the natural environment.

Help us raise £25,000 by donating £10. Together we will be able to create more outdoor learning experiences to ensure children across the country will have a healthier and happier future. With your help, more children can discover and create their own adventures in open spaces.

Because we receive no direct Government funding for our work, we depend upon the generosity of you, our valued supporters. Your donation will be gratefully received and carefully spent.

So if you can, please make a donation and give children this precious chance to reconnect with nature.

Thank you for supporting this appeal and know that together we can achieve so much more!

  • £10 - to pay for a pair of wellies and raincoat for a child to play outside
  • £25 - to pay for a primary school child to attend an education day at an eco centre
  • £100 - to fund a child to attend a holiday scheme for February Half Term
  • £250 - to ensure a group of young people with additional needs could access our services

Text Giving - to donate £10 by SMS, text TCV to 70444