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Community Champion: Ali Cush

Ali CushAli Cush
Inchinnan, Renfrewshire

How are you using OPAL to make a difference in the community?

We have been using OPAL to enhance the outdoor learning sessions Rangers deliver in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, and promote them to teachers as well as groups completing their John Muir Awards in the National Park. 


OPAL runs a fun science day in Newcastle

OPAL ran a fun science day with a serious purpose in Newcastle upon Tyne last month.

Around 200 local people joined in the fun at a family apple day and science day in Nuns Moor Park, Newcastle upon Tyne on Saturday 17 October.

Local groups Greening Wingrove, Change 4 Life and Sustrans ran an apple and spoon race, a longest apple peel competition, and Dr Bike from Sustrans checked out the condition of people’s bikes.

People also took part in a series of engaging science activities run by OPAL scientists.

Community Champion: Scott Gardner

Scott GardnerScott Gardner
Alloa, Clackmannanshire

How are you using OPAL to make a difference in the community?

I have been using the OPAL resources at local primary schools, youth clubs, and local green projects. This has benefitted all involved and has educated them to have a wider range of knowledge of the outdoors and what grows and lives there.


Ash Dieback reaches Lake District

Ash dieback UK distribution map

Ash Dieback disease has been recorded for the first time in the Lake District National Park, according to survey data published recently by the Forestry Commission.

The disease was initially found in Buckinghamshire in February 2012, but has been discovered more widely across England, Scotland and Wales since then.


OPAL supports FSC 'Year of Fieldwork'

OPAL is proud to support the 'Year of Fieldwork' initiative, led by Field Studies Council (FSC).

Fieldwork and other out-of-classroom learning experiences are increasingly being recognised across the curriculum as a highly valuable tool in raising standards and skills in participants of all ages.

The ‘Year of Fieldwork’, which will run over the academic year 2015-16, brings together a range of partners to celebrate these skills and opportunities and to offer support for those that wish to develop these further.


Get out with the kids this summer and explore nature

​The summer holidays are upon us! If you are looking for exciting, original and educational activities to do with the kids, look no more. OPAL has oodles of different activities that are suitable for the whole family. This summer, make the most of the outdoors and explore nature.


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