The Lost Words

Once upon a time, words began to vanish from the language of children. The words were those that children used to name the natural world around them: acorn, adder, bluebell, bramble, conker - gone! The words were becoming lost: no longer vivid in children’s voices, no longer alive in their stories.

Extracts from the introduction to The Lost Words, Robert Macfarlane & Jackie Morris 2017

The Lost Words - cover
The Lost Words is an enchanting book of poems by Robert Macfarlane, designed to be read aloud to conjure up creatures such as the barn owl, otter and goldfinch. Each poem is beautifully illustrated in watercolour by Jackie Morris.

We would love all children in Herefordshire to be able to explore this wonderful book and the wildlife that inspired it. We (Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and Richard Bavin has their resident artist) are raising funds to donate a copy to every primary school in the county, hoping to bring the magic of the natural world into the classroom and into the lives of children and teachers.

More information about the project on Herefordshire Wildlife Trust's web site where you can donate £10 for a copy of The Lost Words to go to a primary school of your choice.

The John Muir Trust has created a free Explorer’s Guide to The Lost Words, full of ideas for schools, educators and anyone interested.You can also download three extracts from the book in poster format.

Our project has the full support of Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris.

Frances Weeks
Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
01432 356872

Richard Bavin
07792 2982271

The Lost Words - Magpie