Words by Abi Scaife
A Japanese water and nature education programme is being launched in the UK for the first time.
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After a successful partnership last year, Suntory is working with The Severn Rivers Trust to deliver the programme.
The programme, named Mizuiku, was launched in 2004 with the aim of helping younger generations learn where their water comes from, and the significance of the natural world.
To date, 458,700 people across the world have taken part, starting with the initial project in Japan and expanding to Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, France, China, Spain and now the UK.
How does it work?
‘The Outdoor School of Forest and Water’ is part of the programme that is receiving focus on the UK. It's designed to provide participants with interactive, hands-on experiences that help them appreciate the importance of natural water sources.
The Severn Rivers Trust will be running sessions highlighting why the lifecycle of water is so important and encourage participants to reflect and act to preserve and protect our water, rivers and wildlife.
Launching at the end of May and running until October, families will be able to book onto free sessions at five different riverside locations: Lydney, Diglis, Warwick, Shrewsbury and Newtown.
If you're interested in getting involved, you can find more information on The Severn Rivers Trust website.