National Sustainable Schools Conference 2017

November 13th 2017

Taking action for sustainability – Education and the Sustainable Development Goals.


• Do you need to take advantage of the curriculum ‘space’ that the National Curriculum gives you?
• Do you need to explore and consider how to address Ofsted’s expectations of broad/balanced curriculum?
• Are you looking at ways to make your SMSC work relevant to global and local concerns of your students?

If so, then the Sustainability and Environmental Education’s (SEEd) National Sustainable Schools Conference is for you!

When: Monday 13th November 2017 (9.00am – 4.30pm)
Where: Baden Powell House, London
Cost: £80 (£72.00 for SEEd members)

About SEEd’s National Sustainable Schools Conference

This year’s National Sustainable Schools Conference will help you design a sustainability curriculum/school plan from any starting point with any year and ensure progression through the school. We take an action learning approach to encourage you to reflect and build on your current practice. It’s always great value with 12 – 16 workshops, and inspiring keynote speakers. Meet other successful teachers, browse our Share Fair of 20 providers and get support from the experts.

There will be youth participation throughout – so let us know if you want to offer a workshop, or be in the Share Fair.

You will come away with ideas on how to build critical thinking, problem solving, creative thinking, communication and collaboration competencies in your students.

For more information and to secure your place email: There are only a limited number of spaces available, so don’t delay.

SW Marine Natural Capital Conf. 2017

Registration is now open for the South West Marine Natural Capital Conference 2017 – on Tuesday 11th July, 2017 at Exeter Racecourse. This is a FREE EVENT so BOOK NOW to guarantee your attendance as places are limited and are likely to go fast!

The Devon Maritime Forum is very pleased to announce that in place of this summer’s conference, we are partnering with the North Devon Marine Pioneer (North Devon Biosphere Reserve), the SWEEP project (Plymouth University, Plymouth Marine Laboratory and University of Exeter), and the UK SEAS project (WWF) to organise and host the South West Marine Natural Capital Conference 2017.

Visit the Devon Maritime Forum webpage for more information about the Conference


Ash tree landscapes – Send in your photos!

Ash trees – integral to Devon’s landscape

We want you to send in some photos of landscapes in which Ash trees play a key role.

Our Devon landscape is packed full of Ash trees found as majestic in-field trees, hedgerow trees, hedge stock, hilltop and field corner copses and woodland. However, with ‘Ash dieback’ likely to affect ash trees in our landscape over the next decade as the disease continues to spread throughout the UK, this picture could dramatically change.

The Devon Ash Dieback Resilience Forum wants to understand how the loss of Ash trees is likely to affect the character and scenic qualities of Devon countryside and the next month is perfect for taking photos to demonstrate the impact that ash loss will have on the landscape.

As you are out and about in the County between now and early July, please take the opportunity to take high quality* photos showing views of landscapes in which Ash trees play an important part.

Please send your photos by 10 July to together with details of where the photo was taken (description and NGR please) and photo credit information for use on the project.

Photos will be selected on 13 July and will be used to prepare ‘photomontages showing how Ash Dieback will affect our landscape.


*We need high quality images, so please make sure your images are:

  • Sharp
  • Capable of being viewed when printed at least at A4 size or larger without noticeable pixilation
  • As a guide, be at least 8MP
  • A single frame image or number of single frame images (rather than a stitched panoramic)
  • At least a 35mm lens on a 2/3 size sensor digital camera (equivalent to a 50mm lens on a 35mm film camera)
  • Avoid using low f number aperture settings to ensure as long a depth of field as possible
  • A typical landscape scene from your area but ideally to include ash trees in the foreground, middle and distance elements of the view.
  • We need some images to show distinct ash trees on the edge of highways and rights of way