Nature Nurture Shortlisted for Award

Nature Nurture, the programme that helps children from disadvantaged backgrounds has been shortlisted for a national award. Voting is now open.

The Octavia Hill Awards (http://www.countryfile.com/news/octavia-hill-awards-2014-voting-now-open) are organised by the National Trust, the Wild Network and BBC Countryfile Magazine to celebrate people who help children and young people connect with wildlife and the outdoors. We are one of the final five finalists in the Wild Organisations category.

Voting opened today on the Countryfile website and will close on the 31st August 2014.

You can vote here: http://www.countryfile.com/poll/octavia-hill-awards-wild-organisations-shortlist

Nature Nurture helps children from disadvantaged backgrounds, to find fulfillment and solace in the wonders of the natural world. The organization prides itself on helping to educate children about wild places and tackling vulnerability.

Working in partnership with social care and education agencies, their dedicated team run sessions in natural environments, where beneficiaries can play, challenge themselves and explore with the attuned support of specially trained staff, offering a staff-to-child ratio of 1:2.

Changing the lives of vulnerable children and families in Aberdeen, they work with more than 120 children and young people and provide training for 30 professionals each year.

One teacher who nominated Nature Nurture said: “I had a child in my class who once told me that "Good families don't go outside." When I met him two years later on a Nature Nurture programme, the same child talked excitedly about minibeasts and the natural world."