Ropsley man campaigns to bring back 'lost words'
A Ropsley man is aiming to raise £5,000 as part of a campaign, in partnership with Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, to bring back words that have begun to disappear from children’s vocabularies.
In 2010, common countryside words, including otter, adder, dandelion, conker and bluebell were dropped from the Oxford Junior Dictionary.
Harry Whinney, a designer and mural painter, has partnered with Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust to raise enough money to provide a copy of The Lost Words - a book written to celebrate once-common ‘nature’ words - for every Lincolnshire primary school.
The Lost Words, created by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris, takes 20 of the words that have been falling out of use amongst children - such as adder, kingfisher and bramble - and brings them back to life, through magical paintings and ‘spell poems.’
Harry, who is also a volunteer Organiser of Lost Words for Lincolnshire, attended the campaign launch at the Lincolnshire Environmental Awards in Lincoln last month.
He said: “It is important that these common words are retained and a link with language and countryside remains.
“Our target of £5,000 should allow us to make sure that children in Lincolnshire have an opportunity to experience what this book has to offer.
“The Lost Words is a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke, and is set out in an ideal way to share these words across the generations. Words allow children to give things names, to share stories and memories.
“Without the right words we cannot name, love, or - ultimately – care for these things.”
For more information or to donate, visit: www.lostwordsforlincolnshire.co.uk and www.crowdfunder.co.uk/lost-words-for-lincolnshire-schools