Treasure in Nature

Towards the end of 2018, we invited a group of Y7 students to join us at Burslem Port, a ‘wild’ green space in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent. We challenged them to find, collect or photograph something that was ‘treasure’ to them and explain why?

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Their responses fell into 5 main themes:

Nature

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“The colours of leaves are beautiful, they remind me of autumn”

“Grassy, mouldy fungi - so much life!”

“Water is treasure because we can’t live without it”

Animals

“The fox hole is special because a wildlife place doesn’t need to be fancy. An urban area can be friendly and secure to an animal.”

“Places like open spaces are homes to outside animals”

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Discarded objects

“I think the shoe is special as moss has grown showing life which you don’t come across every day”

“Loom band - a kid was here!”

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“The stick which is multi-coloured is special, as it stands out to show someone has made their mark, making nature beautiful and noticeable.”

People

“People are treasure”

There were also plenty of statements about the beauty of nature and the different view of the city. It was really interesting to see young people’s appreciation of simple, natural things that we take for granted, as special.

Next time you’re walking through a natural green space with kids, why not invite them to hunt for treasure and see what they find!


The ‘Derelict Treasure Hunt’ was funded by the Being Human festival 2018, in partnership with Keele University.