Education Outreach

Community Outreach Projects Update 15/01/21

Summer Buxton Wild Weeks w/c 24th May and w/c 5th July

There’s something for everyone in our Buxton Wild Weeks Schools project, a collaboration with South West Peak and BCA Biodiversity Group planned for this summer. During 2 separate weeks we shall have a programme of online and practical activities to engage schools in learning about climate and the environment, wildlife habitats and biodiversity, and action to promote sustainability. The July week will also include community activities. Both weeks will provide an opportunity to share our TB values in Buxton and I welcome your support in making this event a success.

Do email me and I can arrange a chat with you to explain more and see how you might like to get involved, whatever your time, interests and skills. Our Buxton Wild Weeks Volunteers Zoom is on Weds 3rd Feb 7-8pm, please contact me for joining details.

New Climate Youth Forum

Along with colleagues from other High Peak and Derbyshire Dales Environmental groups we have set up a Climate Youth Forum Supporters Group. We want to establish a Climate Youth Forum to enable young people to have a voice and representation on all issues relating to climate and the environment.

If you have any younger family members who would be interested in helping the formation of this group then please get in touch. At present everything takes place on Zoom.

Science Week Soil Testing Project

We are currently organising our Soil Testing Project with Serpentine Community Garden Society for Science Week in March, having received a £500 Grant from the British Science Association. The aim is promote an understanding of the value of our soil and how it varies in different parts of Buxton. Participants will gain an appreciation of soil and understand how its pH level, composition and nutrients enable plant and vegetable growth.

I look forward to hearing from you about any of these projects or any other ideas you have about our Education Outreach in 2021.
Thank you, Frances Sussex education@transitionbuxton.co.uk

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Education Outreach Latest News – 09/11/20

Hello Everyone.

I took on our Education Outreach role shortly after joining you at the beginning of this year. Although the virus and lockdown has impacted on activities it hasn’t hampered my enthusiasm for how the role can develop and what we can achieve in the future.

Working with schools will be a major part of the role with an aim to develop a calendar of regular activities in support of schools becoming plastic-free and adopting eco-schools practices. I have been working with South West Peak’s Youth Engagement Officer and members of Buxton Civic Association Biodiversity Group on a schools project for next summer called Buxton Wild Week. Jackie from SWP has been successful with a Bingham Trust Grant and is attending a School Heads Meeting this month. I’ll share more detailed news once we have established dates and know what schools want from the project. I’m hoping it will be an event that you will want to get involved in.

I am joining with other organisations in the region who are interested in creating a Youth Engagement Forum focusing on climate and the environment; we have a first meeting this month. It will be great to connect our local children and young people with national activities such as the Youth Climate Action Summit 9-14 Nov. Do take a look, it’s a packed week of events not just for children.

I’ve been pleased to work with Serpentine Community Garden Society on a Science Week Grant Bid for us to engage families who received the Garden’s salad bags during lockdown to undertake soil testing. If successful we will be organising this for March.

I’m intending to reach adults as well as children and young people. I’m contacting other Buxton organisations who might be meeting on Zoom at present to see if they would like me to join a meeting for a 10 minute presentation about our aims.

I know I will need to call on fellow TB members for your knowledge and expertise with particular projects but I would also welcome requests, ideas and suggestions about developing this role. We now have an “education@transitionbuxton.co.uk” email address so do get in touch and together we can inspire the next generation of TB members.

Frances