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Forest Education event held in Geography

Thanks and congratulations to Helena Pimlott-Wilson who co-organised with Janine Coates in SSEHS the Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire Forest Education Network 10-year celebration anniversary event. Bringing together practitioners, organisations and researchers from across the region, the event which was hosted in the Geography Building showcased three research projects undertaken by Loughborough academics about forest schools, plant ecology and woodlands. Helena presented her research with Janine Coates on forest schools, Jon Millett discussed how plants and ecosystems respond to variation in the environment, and Darren Smith presented work conducted with Sarah Mills which is exploring the ways in which private woodlands are being commodified and purchased by affluent families with children. In addition to the research presentations, there were talks and participatory activities led by the National Forest and Muddy Puddles, as well as the Forest Education Network’s AGM. A number of organisations hosted stalls at the event, promoting outdoor initiatives and resources for forest school practitioners. Over 80 practitioners attended. Helena’s research on forest schools has been receiving some media attention too.