New nature group for youngsters

Sussex cattle grazing at the Steyning Downland Scheme
Sussex cattle grazing at the Steyning Downland Scheme

A NEW nature group for young children is launching in Steyning.

The Steyning Saplings is a joint venture between the Steyning Downland Scheme and the Outdoors Project.

Jane O’Neill, volunteer administrator at the downland scheme, said: “The aim is to run fun outdoor sessions, where parents and young children can explore and enjoy nature right in the heart of Steyning.”

Birds, bugs and butterflies are just some of the creatures the new nature group will be learning about on the Downs.

Parents with children aged two to four are invited to join the group on Tuesday mornings, 10am to 11.30am, from April 29 to May 27. The cost is £25 for five sessions.

To book a place email:

The Outdoors Project was founded by Joel Evans. He said the concept grew from becoming increasingly concerned watching his own three children spending too much time in front of TV and computer screens.

“I grew up in America until the age of 12 and spent most of my childhood hiding in the wood from dawn to dusk, building dens and getting muddy,” he added.

“It’s never been rocket science to me, but it’s increasingly difficult as parents to enthuse and encourage children away from the technology which have become such a useful but sometimes consuming part of our lives.”

Mr Evans worked for an outdoor children’s charity and he wanted to pass on his passion.