Educating to Deliver Environmentally Focused Social Innovation

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The United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals provide clear direction for how we can develop a more sustainable world by 2030 and beyond, with key performance indicators across 17 goals. One of these goals, SDG15 Life on Land, aims to ‘protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss’ [1] and this has clear implications in the UK for the management of ancient woodland. In England ancient woodland is identified as those areas of woodland that have existed since the 17th century and they remain crucial areas of natural habitat and biodiversity in the English countryside [2]. However, outside of these ecosystem benefits, they also provide an environment for educating young people about sustainability and for delivering social innovations that support local communities socially and environmentally. This chapter explores how education within an ancient woodland setting can help to promote environmental awareness, as well as supporting the creation of social impact. Utilising the case-study of a social enterprise in England that maintains ancient woodland and educates socially excluded young people, the chapter seeks to argue that the hybrid mission of the organisation combined with its unique environmental location, provides the perfect model for supporting socially disadvantaged individuals to become the ‘changemakers’ of tomorrow.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnhancing Environmental Education Through Nature-Based Solutions
EditorsClara Vasconcelos, Crisitina Sousa Coutinho Calheiros
Place of PublicationPorto
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-91843-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-91842-2
Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2022

Publication series

NameIntegrated Science


  • Social Innovation
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Ancient Woodland
  • Education


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