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Here is a selection of news clippings from Darwin's centenary year onwards

   

Nick Baker launches the Darwin's Garden appeal


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An extraordinary opportunity has arisen for Shropshire Wildlife Trust to purchase part of Charles Darwin’s garden in Shrewsbury.

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World Heritage Bid put on new 2012 UK Tentative List

World Heritage Bid put on new 2012 UK Tentative List
Darwins Landscape Laboratory has been placed on the new Tentative List of UK sites wishing to be inscribed for World heritage status. Darwin's Landscape joins the 2012 list as one of the 2 sites still being considered by UNESCO.

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Crystal Palace Biobonanza


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Crystal Palace Park hosted a fun day of activities, crafts and events as part of the Discover Darwin Project, to celebrate Charles Darwin and his work with Biodiversity in Bromley. For some of the activities local families went on bug hunts with a victorian scientist, took park in pond dipping and digging for fossils and watched Falconry displays. There were puppet shows about British birds and a Biodiversity show!

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Darwin's Landscape Laboratory, decision deferred by UNESCO - 1st Aug 2010


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Darwin's Landscape Laboratory, the bid selected by the UK government for World Heritage status has been deferred by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.

At it's meeting in Brasilia, Brazil the World Heritage Committee announced that although Darwin's Landscape Laboratory was very strong in terms of recognising scientific achievement, further in depth study and analysis was needed before the site could be considered for World Heritage designation. The Committee voted to defer the nomination back to the UK authorities for these issues to be addressed.

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Local Schools Celebrate Darwin Day


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For Downe and Cudham Primary schools, Darwin Day has become an annual event where they get together and learn about the work of their local resident. The schools joined together this year and held workshops based on Darwin's Tree of Life with the help of students from Newstead Wood School.
Pupils participated in falconry displays, pond surveys, learnt about local endangered mammals and dissected carniverous plants.

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New Plaque for Darwin Family Tomb


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Restoration work has taken place on the Darwin Family Tomb situated at St Mary's Church, Downe. Funeral Directors, W Uden and Sons undertook the work and funded the new Welsh granite plaque detailing all the names on the tomb. The plaque was unveiled following a short service of dedication by the Archdeacon of Bromley and Bexley, The Reverend Paul Wright. The service was attended by local representatives including Randal Keynes, great great grandson of Charles Darwin.

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Launch of Discover Darwin Education Pack at Cudham School


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Cudham C.E. Primary School hosted an International Environment Day launching the new Discover Darwin Education Resource . The children and staff were very excited to welcome the Rt. Hon. Jim Fitzpatrick MP (Minister for Food, Farming and the Environment) to share the day with them. He had the opportunity to attend their assembly delivered by the school's 'Eco-warriors' and tour the school and visit 'Emma's Garden': a newly-built allotment, sensory and reflective garden named after Charles Darwin's wife.

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Darwin Guide to Recording Wildlife


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In the year celebrating Darwin's bicentennary and the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species, The Darwin Guide to Recording Wildlife has been produced.

This publication, which has been funded through DEFRA, is aimed at those with an interest in wildlife, whatever their age, who would like to find out about how they can get more involved.

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Local school children follow in Darwin's footsteps


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Children from Cudham C.E. Primary School, in the London Borough of Bromley, have been replicating one of Darwin's experiments in 'The Origin of Species' in the same setting and manner as he did all those years ago.

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Darwin's Revolutions


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The Discover Darwin Project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and run by the London Borough of Bromley has provided an exciting opportunity for six Bromley schools to work alongside Rambert Dance Company; Britain's premier contemporary dance company.

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Celebrate Darwin's Bromley


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A free family fun day was held to showcase the range of opportunities available for residents and visitors to enjoy parks and open spaces across the borough, and celebrate the area that Darwin used as his landscape laboratory. The aim was to raise awareness of the activities and organisations that use the borough's vast number of green spaces for sport, recreation, conservation, education, walking or just simply enjoying the outdoors....

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A collaborative approach to Darwin Inspired Learning


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Drama and science students from the sixth forms at Charles Darwin School and Newstead Wood School were mentors to pupils in Years 3 and 4 at Cudham and Downe Primary Schools when they investigated the life and times of Charles Darwin.

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Heritage Lottery helps Bromley Council evolve Discover Darwin Project


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It was in the peaceful countryside that now forms part of the Borough of Bromley that naturalist Charles Darwin formulated his seminal theories on evolution. And now, thanks to a grant of 227,500 pounds from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the influence of those surroundings and its biodiversity will be the subject of a series of public events and special activities.

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Darwin 200


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Darwin 200 was a national programme of events celebrating Charles Darwin's scientific ideas and their impact around his two hundredth birthday on 12 February 2009.

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Bromley Schools link with Galapagos children through BBC World Class

Bromley Schools link with Galapagos children through BBC World Class
Young people from Bromley and the Galapagos Islands twinned for Darwin's birthday on February 12th. As part of the BBC's Darwin season, pupils from three schools close to Down house where Darwin lived for 40 years will be twinning with young people living on the Galapagos Islands.

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Royal Mail stamps launched by pupils from Charles Darwin School


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