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People’s Postcode Lottery players fund outdoor lessons at the Horniman

People’s Postcode Lottery players are helping thousands of local children to enjoy learning about nature at the Horniman Museum and Gardens.

  • Young visitor enjoying the Sunken Garden at the Horniman Museum and Gardens, Laura Mtungwazi
    , Laura Mtungwazi

The Horniman’s curriculum-linked environmental learning sessions will allow children to get in touch with nature and learn how to care for the environment, thanks to £6,000 from Postcode Local Trust, a grant giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Topics covered include exploring trees, caring for plants and creating habitats for local wildlife.

Kate Oliver, Head of Learning at the Horniman Museum and Gardens, says:

It’s more important than ever that children have access to green spaces and can learn about the natural world. These sessions will allow young Londoners to observe, handle and smell natural objects, and inspire them to love and care for their environment. Thank you to People’s Postcode Lottery players.

The Postcode Local Trust grant has enabled the Horniman to devise and start delivering the first 55 sessions. Over the course of the current academic year, more than 11,000 children will enjoy environmental learning at the Horniman.

The environmental learning programme is part of the Horniman Museum and Gardens’ wider commitment to environmental responsibility, including its pioneering Project Coral research which is developing induced spawning of lab-based corals to support reef restoration. The Horniman has also begun to overhaul its facilities for visitors to reflect this environmental commitment. It has recently replaced single-use plastics in its Café, introduced a plastic bag charge in the gift shop with proceeds going to Project Coral, and will host one of 20 new water refill points, provided by #OneLess and the Mayor of London, as part of the London Drinking Fountain Fund.

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