Bringing children closer to nature

Buy a bag from Aldi and it won't just carry your shopping home - it'll also fund a national conservation programme.

Supermarket Aldi is celebrating the first anniversary of its educational partnership with the RSPB which has seen the UK's leading discount retailer donate £775,000 from the sale of its carrier bags.

Funded by Aldi, the RSPBs Connecting Children with Nature project has allowed over 50,000 children to enjoy more than 75,000 hours of fun, exciting and educational nature experiences in 15 cities across Britain.

Painting a rosier picture

The funding, which is expected to reach over £2m by 2018, will support the RSPB's Connecting Children with Nature programme across schools, green spaces and RSPB reserves. RSPB-trained educators will visit primary schools and, later, Early Years' settings.
 
Aldi's partnership with the RSPB aims to encourage young people to get out into nature to build their understanding and love of wildlife. By 2018, the programme aims to provide connection to nature experiences for more than half a million children across Britain. The scheme is funded solely by donations from carrier-bag sales in Aldi's UK stores. 

Since July 2015, the RSPB has offered free 90 minute nature experience sessions to primary schools in 15 cities across Britain. Close to 500 schools have taken up the outreach offer, which include a bio-blitz, a Big Schools Birdwatch session or a Giving Nature a Home sweep of the school grounds to show how pupils can encourage and help wildlife.

For more information about the Connecting Children with Nature project, click here.