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Children to be taught in woodland in new initiative

A primary school in Loughborough is the first to take part in a project about using local woodland to teach children about the environment Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A primary school in Loughborough is the first to take part in a project using local woodland to teach children about the environment.

Education secretary Nicky Morgan will launch the Woodland Trust's 'Schools into Woods' project at Outwoods Edge Primary today.

Over the next two years, the Trust aims to help 40 primary schools across the UK make the most of their local woodland.

Education secretary Nicky Morgan will launch the Woodland Trust's 'Schools into Woods' project Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

"Teaching in woods is free, it fits in with the national curriculum, and no extra training is needed.

"It provides a really inspiring setting for learning, and not only will this encourage children to better understand and appreciate the natural environment, it will help them develop practical and social skills that will nurture self-esteem and confidence."

– Beccy Speight, Woodland Trust Chief Executive

Transport Secretary visiting 350,000-tonne landslip site

The scene of a 350,000-tonne landslip in Harbury in Warwickshire will be visited by the Secretary of State for Transport and the head of Network Rail.

The landslip closed a main line between Birmingham and London Credit: Network Rail

Patrick McLoughlin MP and Mark Carne are heading to the railway line between Banbury and Leamington Spa, which has been closed for almost a month. Network Rail don't know when it will re-open.

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Rutland Water is nation's favourite nature reserve

Fishing on Rutland Water Credit: Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

Rutland Water has been voted the nation's favourite nature reserve by a countryside and wildlife magazine.

More than 25,000 people took part in Landlove magazine's survey, which aimed to find the UK's favourite beauty spots, from gardens to stately homes.

Rutland Water came out on top in the nature reserve category, with the National Trust's Farne Islands coming in second.

Chatsworth hosts campaign to promote rural tourism

Chatsworth House in Derbyshire Credit: PA

Chatsworth House in Derbyshire is hosting the launch of a new campaign to promote the country's rural tourism overseas.

The 'Countryside is GREAT' campaign is a new three-year initiative developed by VisitBritain.

New analysis from VisitBritain reveals that more international tourists are travelling across the country than ever before, with spending hitting new record levels for the first 9 months of 2014.

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