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Outdoor Learning in the Peak District

Situated in the heart of England, just south of Manchester, the Peak Region covers the area between Stoke on Trent to the West, Derby to the South and Sheffield to the East. The region is home to a wide cross-section of the outdoor learning community, including residential outdoor centres, specialist environmental and activity centres and a busy community of freelance practitioners.

The voluntary committee represents IOL in your region, get in touch with us. We wish to represent your views.

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Some of England's roadsides are positively blooming

Some of England's roadsides are positively blooming

Some positive environment news

A long-running campaign encouraging councils to let neatly-mown grass verges become mini meadows where wildflowers and wildlife can flourish appears to be building up a head of steam.

 

Since 2013, Plantlife has been telling authorities the move could help them save money and boost their green credentials.

Several have taken the message on board. An eight-mile "river of flowers" alongside a major route in Rotherham was widely praised on social media recently and roadside meadows have also popped up in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Birmingham, Newcastle and Sheffield.

 

Who's behind the campaign?

Plantlife has been banging the drum for wilder roadside verges since 2013.

The group said the UK had lost 97% of its wildflower meadows in less than a century - with roadside verges particularly hard hit.

It said safety and access considerations along with a desire for "neatness" and the logistics of litter-picking had resulted in authorities adopting an overzealous approach to keeping verges short.

Plantlife said a "cut less, cut later" approach by councils and highways authorities could significantly improve the health of the UK's verges.

It said: "We want flowers to be allowed to flower so pollinators can work their magic and seeds can ripen and fall to the ground. In this way, the floral display will become better and better every year."

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Peak Committee

Chair - Matt Hutson - Email Matt

Secretary - Lorna Fisher

Treasurer - Ed Allaway

Committee: Max Norris, Peter Morton, Matt Womersley, Matt Collins

 

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