The Lost Words Campaign in Herefordshire

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust is working with local artist Richard Bavin to run a campaign to encourage people to donate £10 to purchase a copy of The Lost Words for every primary school in Herefordshire.

All over the country, there are words disappearing from children's lives. These are the words of the natural world - Dandelion, Otter, Bramble and Acorn, all gone. The rich landscape of wild imagination and wild play is rapidly fading from our children's minds.

The Lost Words stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke. With acrostic spell-poems by award-winning writer Robert Macfarlane and hand-painted illustration by Jackie Morris, this enchanting book captures the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.

We would love all children in Herefordshire to be able to explore this wonderful book and the wildlife that has inspired it. By donating a copy to each primary school in the county, we hope to bring a little of the magic of the natural world into the classroom and lives of both children and teachers!

Donate a copy of The Lost Words today!

Complete the online form below to donate £10 to The Lost Words campaign and we will deliver a copy of the book to the school of your choice. Each book will include a book plate (kindly donated by Print Plus Hereford) with the donor's name, unless you would prefer to remain anonymous.

  • If you would prefer to make a donation by cheque, please contact Frances Weeks on 01432 356872 to let us know your details and chosen school before mailing a cheque, payable to Herefordshire Wildlife Trust to: Frances Weeks, Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, Lower House Farm, Ledbury Road, Hereford, HR1 1UT.
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Schools who will be shortly receiving a copy of The Lost Words:

The following schools have already been nominated by a donor to receive a copy of the book:

  • Canon Pyon CE Academy
  • Ledbury Primary School
  • Little Dewchurch CE Primary School
  • Wellington Primary School

Free Downloads

Many thanks to the John Muir Trust for making these resources available. Click the links at the bottom of the page to download.

The Explorer's Guide

This free guide by Eva John accompanies The Lost Words. It’s for anyone with an interest in nature, words and images who wants to explore further some of the ideas and creatures conjured up by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris in their enchanting 'spell book'. It's especially useful for teachers and educators.




Three beautiful posters to download for free.


FilenameFile size
lost_words_explorers-guide_original.pdf2.33 MB
dandelion_-_the_lost_words_poster_original.pdf1.31 MB
otter_-_the_lost_words_poster_original.pdf1.12 MB
kingfisher_-_the_lost_words_poster_original.pdf1.47 MB