‘The BIG Picnic’ Joint Networking Day 17th June 2014

‘THE BIG PICNIC; seeking, sharing and making new connections in outdoor learning’

• bgen (Botanic Gardens Education Network)
• FACE (Farming and Countryside Education)
• FEN (Forest Education),
• LEEF (London Environmental Educators Forum

Four outdoor education networks came together to explore and share approaches to learning, make new connections and find ways of working together. bgen, FACE, FEN and LEEF  hosted the day together at the South London Botanical Institute. The BIG Picnic received (more…)

The Birth of bgen – Celebrating 25 Years!

25 Years of BGEN: The Questionnaire!!!

We asked founder members to give us their recollections of the “birth” of BGEN.

We would like to thank Gail Bromley, Bill Graham, Sue Minter, Julia Willison and Ruth Taylor for their very valuable (if slightly hazy!) memories.

  • What inspired the formation of BGEN?

Gail Bromley -The fact that as educationalists we very rarely had much support or training – Education was a relatively new (more…)

Orienteering and Geocaching Training Day

Tuesday 25 March 2014, University of Oxford Harcourt Arboretum

Harcourt Group
Harcourt Group

Delegates spent a day in the beautiful surroundings of University of Oxford Harcourt Arboretum developing their knowledge of geocaching and orienteering. Lynn Daley, Education & Outreach Officer at Harcourt led this hands on and mainly outdoor training day. There were exciting and practical ideas for using orienteering and geocaching to (more…)

The Drama of Plants 2013 – Workshop notes


The Drama of Plants: creative ways to excite people about plants

University of Dundee Botanic Garden

6 – 8th November 2013

View a selection of fabulous photographs here

Green Fairy – can fairies be used to inspire early years learning?

Introduced by Susie Kelpie, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Asked if we believe in fairies, what are they and what do they look like? Then as if (more…)

The Drama of Plants 2013 – keynotes and other activity

The Drama of Plants; creative ways to excite people about plants

University of Dundee Botanic Gardens, 6-8th November 2013

Welcome to the Conference

Kate Measures – bgen Chair

Kate welcomed everyone to the Conference and opened the proceedings with an ‘ice breaker’.  See Kate’s presentations here (690KB pdf) and here (1.6KB pdf)

Four inspiring examples of creative ways to inspire people about plants:

  • Yarn bombing at National Trust Calke (more…)