The Lost Words

Once upon a time, words began to vanish from the language of children. The words were those that children used to name the natural world around them: acorn, adder, bluebell, bramble, conker - gone! The words were becoming lost: no longer vivid in children’s voices, no longer alive in their stories.

Extracts from the introduction to The Lost Words, Robert Macfarlane & Jackie Morris 2017

The Lost Words - cover
The Lost Words is an enchanting book of poems by Robert Macfarlane, designed to be read aloud to conjure up creatures such as the barn owl, otter and goldfinch. Each poem is beautifully illustrated in a series of watercolours by Jackie Morris.

Richard, in partnership with Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, raised funds through public donations to enable all children in Herefordshire to explore this wonderful book and the wildlife that inspired it. With thanks to all of you who donated £10, every one of our 81 primary and special schools received a copy of the book in the summer of 2018. We were also able to donate a copy each to the Children's Ward at Hereford County Hospital, the Day Hospice at St Michael's Hospice and the Acorns Children's Hospice for the Three Counties.

The John Muir Trust has created a free Explorer’s Guide to The Lost Words, full of ideas for schools, educators and anyone interested.