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MORE than 500,000 children are to benefit from outdoor learning in a link-up between schools and South Downs National Park.

New guidance will help teachers from more than 730 schools bring the outdoors into the curriculum.

The Our South Downs project has been developed by national charity Learning through Landscapes and South Downs National Park to connect young people with inspiring opportunities for outdoor learning.

Amanda Elmes, who is in charge of learning and outreach for the national park, said: ‘This is the first time that a project of this scale has used an entire national park to encourage children to map and explore the world on their doorstep.

‘The park is rich in wildlife, landscapes, history, culture and industry and we want to inspire and support teachers to develop the skills and knowledge to use them.’

The schools will have access to the Our South Downs website and programmer Mary Jackson said: ‘The environment children and young people learn in can have a significant effect on how they engage with a subject.’