Two thousand schoolchildren ‘learn moor’

More than 2,000 schoolchildren were treated to an upland educational experience during this year’s Let’s Learn Moor events.

Talks and interactive presentations were provided by those who live and work in the uplands including gamekeepers, farmers, conservationists, local organisations and the emergency services.

Now in its fifth year the project continues to offer local schools an unrivalled, free outdoor education experience. Taking place over five days at seven upland locations this was the largest and most successful Let’s Learn Moor to date.

The events were organised by BASC and Countryside Learning alongside the Regional Moorland Groups.

Gareth Dockerty, project coordinator and BASC uplands officer, said; “With over fifty partners and at seven different locations, Let’s Learn Moor has progressed into a significant and well-respected educational resource.

“With the Covid pandemic restricting educational opportunities, this year’s event has never been more important. The children learned about the flora and fauna of the uplands, and the management that helps it thrive, traditional and modern farming practices, and the importance of the emergency services in rural areas.

“The landscape may look sparse, but the community is not. The British moorlands are iconic and it is paramount that they are understood and appreciated.”

Anna Hare from Countryside Learning said: “It is a delight to work with 50 partners to bring Let’s Learn Moor to our primary schools. Last year’s event was cancelled because of Covid, so this year has been about rebuilding and continuing to grow. The response from the schools and pupils has been breath-taking. We have bounced back this year and intend to build on this momentum to ensure the project continues to grow while providing lifelong positive memories.”