News & Resources
Funding news: November 2016
LEEF are pleased to announce that we have two new sources of grant funding support for 2017 and beyond.
Ernest Cook Trust have awarded us a grant to contribute towards our training programme in 2017, specifically to support LEEF in running a series of workshops to develop the skills of environmental educators working with school groups.
We have also secured a significant three-year grant from a major funder of the environmental sector (we're being a bit coy because there is some paperwork to complete before we can make a full announcement) which will help us to build on the successful legacy created by recent City Bridge Trust funding and our adoption of charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) status in 2016.
Both awards recognise the incredible work done by LEEF members working with young people and green deprived communities across London. We are honoured to receive these awards of funding and we are looking forward to using the funds to increase the number of skilled and knowledgeable environmental and sustainability educators able to engage with local communities in London.
Please watch this space for further details in 2017.
LEEF AGM 2016
This event was combined with our Fellowship Awards evening and Summer social at the Royal Parks Foundation Education Centre on 12 July 2016.
A copy of the Powerpoint presentation can be downloaded below. You can also download our latest Annual Report.
Charitable status update: August 2016
It's official: the Charity Commission have approved our application to become a registered charitable incorporated organisation. Our registered charity number is 1168740 and you can take a look at our entry in the Register of Charities here. Becoming a registered charity will create a number of opportunities for the future growth and development of LEEF and this decision marks the start of an exciting new stage in our history.
Our basic aims and aspirations will not change but we have reformulated these into charitable objects which: are specific and unambiguous, fulfill the requirements of the Charities Act, benefit the public, describe what we do now and allow for what we might want to do in the future. Our charitable objects as submitted to the Charity Commission are:
To advance the education of the public in subjects relating to sustainable development and the protection, enhancement and rehabilitation of the environment and to promote study and research in such subjects provided that the useful results of such study are disseminated to the public at large.
Sustainable development means “development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.
Report on the status of environmental educators,
In April 2015, LEEF commissioned Nathalie Rühs, a student on the MSc in Sustainability at Anglia Ruskin University to conduct a piece of research into how environmental education is perceived and the value attached to the profession by both those working in the field and external parties. The research was intended to stimulate debate about the impact of environmental education/ educators across the capital including the selection of appropriate evaluation tools to measure this impact: how, as a profession, do we prove our worth?
An executive summary of this piece of research can be downloaded below. We are now moving to the next stage of this research exploring the motivation of environmental educators and the impact of their work on those they work with. If you would like to get involved with this project, please contact LEEF and we will be happy to provide you with further details.
Research and articles by LEEF members
We are always pleased to promote research and articles by LEEF members sharing their expertise in environmental and sustainable education.
Long-term LEEF member and author, Anna Pitt, has been working on a new book 'Leftover Pie: 101 Ways to Reduce your Food Waste'. You can download two sample chapters here. Please contact Anna directly if you would like to find out more.
Ione Rojas of the Furry Tales project at Stepney City Farm has recently published a fascinating and wide-ranging report on therapeutic animal-assisted interventions based on her Winston Churchill Memorial Trust research scholarship in 2016. The full report can be accessed here and is well worth a look if you are interested in the field of green care.
Other research of interest
New publication exploring 'Positive Youth Development in Urban Environmental Education' (June 2016)
This study by Tania Schusler, Jacqueline Davis-Manigaulte and Amy Cutter-Mackenzie looks at opportunities for environmental education to build on young people's strengths to develop competencies essential to well-being on four fronts: physical, intellectual, psychological and social. The study looks at evidence from the USA and Australia but has lots to interest urban environmental educators in the UK too.
Great Outdoors: How Our Natural Health Service Uses Green Space To Improve Wellbeing
There is an increasing body of evidence demonstrating the contribution green spaces can make to mental and physical health and well-being. The Faculty of Public Health in association with Natural England recently published a statement giving examples of good practice and advice on partnership working to develop and make best use of green spaces for health and well-being. Thanks to Judy Ling Wong and the Sowing the Seeds Network for drawing this to our attention.
Further items of interest
New infographic exploring farming data in the UK
Thanks to Joe Thomas who has developed this infographic for people interested in UK farming. It’s quite mesmerising as the numbers actually increase in real time. For example, how many eggs are laid a second, how many litres of milk have been delivered etc. Lots of applications for schools studying agriculture and where food comes from and plenty more beside.