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!

All donors will be entered into a raffle to win an ink drawing of an otter by Jackie Morris created especially for us!

Donate a copy of The Lost Words today!

We've done it! Each of the 81 schools on our original list has been donated a book! We'll be delivering these over the next few weeks.

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:

  • Almeley Primary School
  • Ashfield Park Primary School
  • Ashperton Primary School
  • Barrs Court School
  • Blackmarston School
  • Bosbury C E Primary School
  • Brampton Abbotts CE Primary School
  • Bredenbury Primary School
  • Bridstow CE Primary School
  • Broadlands Primary School
  • Brockhampton Primary School
  • Burley Gate CE Primary School
  • Canon Pyon CE Academy
  • Clehonger Proimary School
  • Clifford Primary School
  • Colwall Primary School
  • Cradley CE Primary School
  • Eardisley CE Primary School
  • Eastnor Parochial Primary School
  • Ewyas Harold Primary School
  • Garway Primary School and Pre-school
  • Goodrich CE Primary
  • Gorsley Goffs Primary School
  • Hampton Dene Primary School
  • Holmer Primary Academy
  • Ivington C of E Primary School
  • Kimbolton St James' CE Primary School
  • Kings Caple Primary Academy
  • Kingsland CE Primary School
  • Kingstone and Thruxton Primary School
  • Kington Primary School
  • Lea CE Primary School
  • Ledbury Primary School
  • Leintwardine Endowed Primary School
  • Leominster Primary School
  • Little Dewchurch CE Primary School
  • Llangrove CE Academy
  • Longtown Primary School
  • Lord Scudamore Primary School
  • Lugwardine Primary Academy
  • Luston Primary School
  • Madley Primary School
  • Marden Primary Academy
  • Marlbrook Primary School
  • Michaelchurch Escley Primary School
  • Mordiford CE Primary School
  • Much Birch CE Primary School
  • Much Marcle CE Primary School
  • Orleton primary School
  • Our Lady's RC Primary School
  • Pembridge CE Primary School
  • Pencombe CE Primary School
  • Riverside Primary School
  • Shobdon Primary School
  • Staunton-on-Wye Primary School
  • Steiner Academy Hereford
  • St Francis Xaviers RC Primary
  • St James' CE Primary School
  • St Joseph's RC Primary School
  • St Martin’s Primary, Hereford
  • St Mary's CE Primary School, Fownhope
  • St Mary's CE Primary School - Credenhill
  • St Mary's Primary School, Dilwyn
  • St Michael's CE Primary School
  • Stoke Prior Primary
  • St Paul's CE Primary School
  • St Peter's Primary School
  • St Thomas Cantilupe Primary School
  • St Weonards Primary School
  • Stretton Sugwas CE Academy
  • Sutton Primary Academy
  • Trinity Primary School
  • Walford Primary School
  • Wellington Primary School
  • Weobley Primary School
  • Westfield School
  • Weston-under-Penyard Primary School
  • Whitchurch CE Primary School
  • Wigmore Primary School
  • Withington Primary

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