Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers is a project everyone can get involved in, which centres around the idea that words used to describe our natural world are slowly disappearing from our language. Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris created ‘The Lost Words’, an exquisite book that named acorn, bluebell, bramble, conker, dandelion, fern, ivy, magpie, starling, willow.

In the spirit of that book, we’ve created Finders Keepers, to show that far from disappearing, these words can all be found in our outdoor spaces, if we only take the time to look.

Our Portals keep safe every memory, story, poem, drawing or song shared, and help strengthen the power of the words we find.

Are you inspired by your natural world? Do you have a creation to share?

Quick Links

Gateway to the Portals

Finders Keepers Ticksheet

Contact the Keeper

The Challenge

The original challenge: to find, keep and create stories and memories that will keep these ‘lost words’ alive. Today, of course, the challenge is even greater, and the Keeper has added another very special portal.

‘Cornucopia’ is the Portal for your creations inspired by anything you may experience in your natural world: birdsong through an open window, time in your own  garden, building a bug hotel, discovering creatures, sowing seeds, watching bumblebees or butterflies, writing a story….anything at all, so please – get creative!

We need your help and can’t wait to hear from you!

At Home and in the National Curriculum

Finders Keepers is a creative and interactive way to integrate outdoor and classroom learning. It gives us all, whatever our age, voice to share and deepen understanding of their own local outdoor spaces. Whether drawing down memories of time spent or visiting firsthand, there are strong links with art, literacy, citizenship, science – and community.

All are most welcome and every contribution helps strengthen and protect the Portal of the Lost Word forever!

More about Lost Words

Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris share their thoughts about ‘Lost Words’ and the value in spending time outdoors

Seek Find Speak The Outdoor Theatre Companion to the Lost Words


Banner Image: SeekFindSpeak on Barnes Common at Barnes Childrens Literature Festival photo: Sharon Morgan

Finders’ Sheet images: Andrew Wilson 

Keeper Avatar design: Ruth Afonso 

Lost Words authors: Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris

Lost Words images: from The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris

Website: Overbord Design

The Keeper would like to give special thanks to Ruth Golby, Russell Morgan, Anna Ridley and Jessica Woollard, without whom this project would have become well and truly ‘lost’.