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To: Hilary McGrady, Director General National Trust

Save National Trust Carding Mill Valley Learning Department

We Won!

The NT on Thursday 8 October announced that the Learning Department was going to be retained and guided school groups would continue in the future.

Save National Trust Carding Mill Valley Learning Department

The National Trust proposes closing down it`s Learning and Education Departments and replace with a so far ill defined mixture of `outsourcing` and `self help`. Please do not allow the NT to close the Learning Department at Carding Mill Valley in the Shropshire Hills.

Why is this important?

The Learning Team at Carding Mill Valley in the Shropshire Hills has an enviable reputation within its catchment area of urban West Midlands for provision of high quality Learning experiences for children and young people of all ages. In 2019 the Learning Team supported 45,000 Education visits.
Without the Learning team,
• who would facilitate the exploration of the stream to find invertebrates and examine under microscopes?
• Who would climb to high hills and wonder at the landscape view over 7 counties?
• Who would enable exploration of some of the UK`s oldest geological sites?
• Who would facilitate the hands on approach to the industrial and social history of the Valley?
• Who would allow the selection of a quiet place and listen to nature`s sounds, particularly for children whose daily soundtrack is traffic noise?
• Who would engage with children who have no access to open space, let alone hills, and give them an experience to remember?
• Who would match school curriculum demands to their visit experience?
The losers here would be the thousands of children and young people who visit each year with their schools and colleges, the families who return at weekends and holidays to take part in our Engagement activities, the local organisations who rely on support from the Learning team, and the National Trust itself who would immediately have a tarnished image in the local and West Midlands Community.

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Reasons for signing

  • For the future of school children
  • We need outside education so much, not everyone is suitable to a classroom. This outside learning is a way to inspire and physically involve children
  • The education team are fab and the kids get so so much from going here. There is so much evidence for education outdoors and how beneficial and needed this is.


2020-10-12 11:28:07 +0100

Petition is successful with 1,278 signatures

2020-09-10 15:16:51 +0100

I have submitted the petition to Hilary McGrady yesterday as the consultation period for the proposed changes finishes tomorrow. However I propose to keep the petition active until we hear the outcome from the National Trust in early October. Thank you for your continued support.

2020-08-31 09:08:45 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2020-08-29 17:58:02 +0100

Carding Mill Valley mentioned in Guardian newspaper article today.
The fight goes on.

2020-08-28 10:25:00 +0100

Hi Folks
The Country Life magazine published today has an article on Carding Mill Valley and the proposed closure of the Learning department.
The Guardian are running a piece which hopefully will be online tonight and in print tomorrow.
We are now starting to get our voice heard.

2020-08-28 08:09:50 +0100

500 signatures reached

2020-08-26 11:23:57 +0100

100 signatures reached

2020-08-26 08:55:39 +0100

50 signatures reached

2020-08-26 08:34:27 +0100

25 signatures reached

2020-08-26 08:21:53 +0100

10 signatures reached