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Muddy Faces

Published on 22.07.20 in Nature

Nature Premium Campaign

Muddy Faces supports the Nature Premium Campaign.

The campaign calls for a Nature Premium to fund regular nature experiences for every child.

The campaign is independent of any organisation but is underwritten by the Forest School Association, it is managed by volunteers who have seen how children benefit from playing in nature.

"We believe that the Nature Premium would improve children’s mental and physical well-being after lockdown and demonstrate a positive investment in their future development as part of the Green Recovery."

Lily Horseman, Chair of the Forest School Association.

More on the Nature Premium

Research from Natural England and academics has demonstrated that time in nature:

  • improves children's mental and physical well-being
  • results in happier and healthier children
  • builds resilience and sets the children up ready to learn
  • actively engages the next generation to build nature-centric communities

The Nature Premium, using the Sports Premium model, will engage children and young people in protecting and promoting biodiversity, supporting the development of the UK's natural capital for future economic gain.

How to get involved:

You can

  • sign the petition

  • talk to your MP

  • spread the word

Go to for more information.


shed with mud splats all over it, with a teacher and child using a mobility aid to stand and throw mud

Diversity in the Outdoor Hub

We want to improve our information & resources on access & diversity in the outdoors.
As always, you are the experts - please recommend projects & groups / organisations / reports & research / videos, blogs & articles etc, on inclusion, diversity and access, particularly for groups that are often under represented in the outdoors, Forest Schools, and outdoor play and learning.

This could include:

  • Black people and people of colour
  • people with physical disabilities and/or learning difficulties
  • girls in adventurous/risky play
  • men in the early years sector

Please send information and resources to

We'll add them to the resources we already have on the Outdoor Hub, which you can currently find in our Health & Wellbeing information pages and links pages - do take a look and see if there is anything we should add. Thank you.

Photo is from North Scarle primary school - the winner of our 2019 Mud Day photo competition in which we particularly encouraged entries of photos from under-represented groups.

wooden disc with text: Mud Champion, burnt into it

Mud Tips Competition

To gather all the amazing learning from last month's Mud Day, we've extended the deadline for our Mud Tips competition to 31 July.

Send your mud play tips to

Our favourite wins a mud kitchen hob unit and set of mud kitchen words.
10 runners up win a Mud Kitchen book and Mud Champion medal.

For full competition terms & conditions click here.


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Our Outdoor Hub is free to everyone and packed full of literally hundreds of step-by-step, photo-illustrated activities. You don't have to be out in an amazing Forest School or woodland setting, most of the activities can be done at home, in a yard or garden, many of them can be adapted and done indoors.

We really do encourage you to get outside if you can - the benefits to your health and wellbeing are huge - you can read all about them on the Outdoor Hub here.

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The Outdoor Hub has a wealth of inspiring activities, events and information. Each section has been designed to encourage engagement in the outdoors, connection with nature and to help spark imaginative play and creativity.

Nature & nature connection

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